Scott Boras represents Barry Zito and Daisuke Matsuzaka, which is why their negotiations are strategically linked. Zito isn’t going to get done this week because Boras is tied up with the D-Mat negotiations with the Red Sox, which have a Thursday midnight deadline.
It stands to reason Boras doesn’t want to finish Zito until after D-Mat, because Matsuzaka would help to justify his asking price for Zito. If he can get closer to the $14 million a year he’s asking for Matsuzaka, who has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues, then what’s a guy like Zito worth?
And, with Freddy Garcia, Ted Lilly, Jason Schmidt and Gil Meche off the market, the scarcity for pitching becomes even more acute. That drives the price for Zito.
The Mets are saying the won’t match Texas at $102 million for six-years, or even how close they would approach it. They are saying they are happy with whom they have, but you’d expect them to say that and not appear desperate. As of now, there are no plans to bring in Zito.
But, there’s time.