If the Yankees are successful in dumping Randy Johnson (give GM Brian Cashman kudos if he does) and they make a run at Barry Zito, they will get him. The Yankees have the resources not only to make an offer, but take the hit if it doesn’t work out.
The Yankees, however, have given no indication they want Zito.
With Texas trading for Brandon McCarthy and Jeff Suppan off the board, the Mets have appeared as front runners for Zito. However, for a team in dire need of pitching, they don’t seem that aggressive. If they are waiting for the market to drop and Zito to come to them, that’s a gamble.
The Mets say they are serious about Zito, but they’ve dragged their feet. The last thing they needed was to get in a bidding war for him with the Yankees.