We kinda knew that Omar Minaya fancied Joel Pinerio but Jeffey Skill Sets was dead set on not paying market value. This revelation comes from John Harper’ story in today’s Daily News:
So what happened? That’s what Pineiro would like to know. It seems clearer than ever from reading his version of events, that Mets ownership simply wouldn’t let Minaya spend the money it took – two years, $16 million – for the Angels to get a deal done.
Even worse, Minaya operative, Alex Cora, told his neighbor Pineiro that his signing with the Mets was a done deal until ownership did the old double cross:
Pineiro said in November he considered the Mets to be “the front-runners” to sign him. Much of that feeling was based on what he was hearing from his friend and neighbor in Miami, Alex Cora, that the Mets had every intention of signing him.
Considering that Cora has a strong relationship with Minaya, suffice to say it was solid information.
“Alex was telling me (it was going to happen),” Pineiro said Wednesday. “I was like, ‘all right, I’m just waiting for that good thing to happen, and I’m ready to go.’
“But it never came.”
The Mets offer was 2yr/$15mil and the Angels came in at 2yr/$16mil. At that point Jeffey Skill Sets folded and walked away. I’ll let you insert your favorite expletive here.
I hope the folks of Buffalo NY appreciate the gift us “Downstater’s” have given them with Ike Davis and Chris Carter in the Bison everyday line up. Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis over Ike Davis and Chris Carter. Even Vince McMahon couldn’t make that story line fly.
If Jerry Manuel wants to bat Jose Reyes in the 3 spot in the lineup go right ahead but if he better not mess with Mike Jacobs in that cleanup spot. Pardon me I need to lie down.