LOWE OFFER OR OFFER LOW?

First and foremost a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone and a huge thank you for your support of this site and of Pro Baseball Central and my wish to you is good health and happiness and hopefully post season baseball for our Mets.

 

Finally Omar has reached out to Scott Boras and Derek Lowe with an offer. While the Mets offer of 3yrs/$36mil is nowhere near the reported 5yr/$90mil that Boras was looking for, it is a starting point.  The Mets do not want to go more than 3 years with Lowe and with the big boys on the sideline (Highlanders and Red Sox) this looks like advantage Mets.  I could see a scenario where there is a 4th year option and maybe the money goes up two or three million with Omar telling Scot Boras he’s doing it as a face saving measure and let Boras know he “owes him one” but it looks like this will get done soon.

Then it will be interesting to see where Omar turns next. The longer Manny Ramirez sits out on the open market the more pressure there is on the Skill Sets to get in the Manny game. Word is leaking out of the air tight front office bunker that Omar wants to get Manny in Blue and Orange but the stumbling block is getting the Skill Sets to release the purse strings. If Manny slips through the Mets hands due to Jeffey and Freddie not giving Omar FULL AUTONOMY  to make this deal and Manny Ramirez signs with GOD FORBID the Highlanders or goes back to LA for a 2 year deal I am putting the Mets on notice that whatever past posting here toward management they thought were venomous and nasty will look like love letters  compared to the carpet bombing I have in store for them if they pussy out with Manny. I’m not looking for them to go more than 2yrs for Manny so I don’t think that’s outlandish.

 

Long time reader of this site Nik Kolidas has a new Mets blog Kiner’s Korner which not only has a terrific layout but the content is first rate. Click on the link and bookmark the page and thank me latter.

 

Outstanding job by Amazin’ Avenue with their detailed comparison of Oliver Perez vs. Ben Sheets. If or when Derek Lowe signs with the Mets adding Ben Sheets to a 2yr deal would an outstanding outside the box move by the Mets. Which means it won’t happen.

 

Over at Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Digest there are a couple of items that are must reads. First Mike has a posting on January as the Month of Manny and this passage should be e-mailed to Jeffey Skill Sets or better yet I would love to hand deliver it to him and shove it in his face to make sure he gets the message:

   {The Mets, although improved, might need something to get past their 2007/2008 failures. Johan Santana should have done it, but the dour Willie Randolph negated all good will from that coup of a signing. The excitement of having two closers is nice, but putting Ramirez in left field would create a fresh buzz to the new ballpark. Imagine opening day and Manny hits a three run homer in the first. They may need to check the new buildings structure to ensure it’s ready for that kind of punishment. Manny would take a solid lineup and make it great. There is that g-word again. Unfortunately, there is no Hank Steinbrenner in the Wilpon family. Even an engaging salesman like Omar MInaya has been unable to convince Fred and Jeff on Ramirez. The fans remember Vladimir Guerrero and the winter of 2003. Maybe another rally with Craig Carton at Citi Field would help the Wilpon’s remember.}

 

BRAVO MIKE!!!!!

 

Also on NYBD is Frank Maniscalco who will be the sites Czar of Fantasy Baseball this year. You may know Frank as Frankie The Sports Guy and now he has added fantasy baseball to his ever growing résumé.

 

Good to see Charles Barkley getting that last DUI of 2008 out of the way early.

 

 

   

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  1. Krane, I know they had to go that long on Santana, but do you really blame the Mets for not wanting to go more than three years and maybe an option for any pitcher these days, let alone a 36 year old?

  2. Lowe: Until another team makes an offer, I think the Mets are in a GREAT position to sit there and wait. While the Braves could still snatch Lowe on a bigger offer, it isn’t as if he’s the final option as #2 pitchers go. Omar is handling the situation correctly. Listen, Derek, we are interested. Here is an offer. (It isn’t a FINAL offer, just an offer.) Maybe Omar gets lucky again and doesn’t need to over-pay for talent because he’s the “Big Market”

    Ramirez: Does Manny make the Mets the best team in the NL East? YES! Should the Mets give Manny a 4-Year Deal? NO! I actually see Manny running out of options and being left with the choice of San Francisco or lowering his price to a club closer to contention. This is where I could see Omar being allowed to make a legitimate 2 Year 3rd option offer.

  3. MLBTradeRumors is giving your site a lot of attention!!! You deserve it.
    I agree with you about Manny. The Mets NEED a big-time bat behind the CHOKE boys (Wright and Beltran).
    But maybe the Wilpons are TRULY hurting financially because of the Madoff scam.
    They seem to low-balling everyone this winter.

  4. It’s always going to be like this with the Wilpons running the Mets. ONCE AND FOR ALL KEEP YOUR SNOUTS OUT OF THE BASEBALL OPS, COUPONS!

  5. nice guys…choke artists???? wright and beltran????wow trust me manny will not be a met

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