The Mets and agent Scott Boras are talking today in LA. The Giants and Seattle are believed to have had discussions with Boras at the winter meetings, but nothing formal since. It stands to reason if they have interest they’ll be some sort of meeting, which means it doesn’t get done this week.
After that come the offers.
As of now, the Mets haven’t made one but are discussing parameters. They like five years and $73 million; Boras is thinking six and $100 million.
Anything over three years is a considerable risk for a pitcher. The Yankees did it with Mike Mussina and weren’t burned, even though he had a few DL stints. There was nothing blowout major with Mussina, which is always the fear.
Since Zito is single, it stands to reason he’ll take an apartment in the city he plays in, including Manhattan, so scouting the town isn’t as much a priority. David Wright can always get him a unit in his building. It has been reported Zito wants to play in a major city, preferrably on one of the coasts.
This precludes the Rangers, but if the priority is a big city, presumably with a night life, then Dallas is right there. You don’t think he can’t hook up with a Cowboys cheerleader or model in Big D?
The Rangers are reportedly more willing to go closer to the magic $100 million figure than the Mets. If there’s a $25 million difference in the offers, why wouldn’t he take the money and go with the Rangers?
Please, don’t say anything about having the best chance to win. That’s a lot of smoke. If that were the case, he’d stay in Oakland, which has been pretty much a playoff fixture, with more October appearances over the past five years than any of the other teams interested, including the Mets.
Remember: IN THE END IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY.