I had a discussion through e-mail about this with a reader last week and we had a disagreement. It becomes a very real debate now that Derek Lowe has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $60-million deal with the Braves.
My contention was that if the Mets didn’t land Lowe, they then were hamstrung in talks with Scott Boras (yet again) because the uberagent can drive up the price on Oliver Perez just like he did on Lowe. So after all this time negotiating, the Mets may now find themselves in the same position, guarding against entering a competition without an opponent. But, as always, maybe their is an opponent? Boras always seems to find one.
The reader, Jason, argued that Perez and Lowe were of equal value. Some even feel Perez has greater value. You all know why — he’s younger, lefty, has a greater ceiling, etc.
Jason believed the Mets could hold at their price on Lowe, then sign Perez if they didn’t get him. But my contention was that Boras wouldn’t let them off so easily. Now that Lowe, at 36, received $60 million, won’t Boras try to squeeze just as much money out for Perez, who is just 27 and lefty?
I don’t think we’ll know immediately. What do you think will happen? Are they now desperate for Perez?
Here’s the Mets rotation with Perez:
Santana, LHP, 16-7, 2.53, 206 K, 1.15 WHIP
Pelfrey, RHP, 13-11, 3.72, 110 K, 1.36 WHIP
Maine, RHP, 10-8, 4.18 ERA, 122 K, 1.35 WHIP
Perez, LHP, 10-7, 4.22 ERA, 180 K, 1.40 WHIP
Redding, RHP, 10-11, 4.95 ERA, 120 K, 1.43 WHIP
Good, but do you think it can win them a World Series? How about a division title?