"It's no different than what you're seeing with a lot of guys," Minaya told The Post yesterday. "You're seeing a lot of guys that believe the market is different than what it really is." source NY Post
Gammons quips that Bay would "rather play in Beirut than Queens" and adds that he should have taken Boston's offer of $60MM over four years back in July. source MLBTR
Friday, December 25, 2009
Patience is a virtue that I do not possess; I like the 2006 version of Omar, the decisive, very aggressive type. The guy who put two identical contracts out to two catchers, told them the first to take it wins, and in a few days when neither took it, traded for LoDuca.
So when I hear these comments about nothing making sense, it's a slow market and it's time to be patient it has the same effect on me as Art Howe saying "We battled"....
I admit this about myself and while this has made me successful at what I do for a living, I do appreciate the other side of the argument when they are right.
If Omar waits Bay out and gets him at his price he is going to make me look like an impatient neurotic Mets fan, while making himself look like a matured savvy GM who has out grown his gun slinging days.
But at this point I'm ready to move on from Jason Bay, in my aggressively viewed opinion, either the Mets look like desperate chumps who are begging Bay to play here while he holds our entire off-season at ransom by holding out for every nickel he can extort from us or the GM looks like he didn't do his homework by going all in on a guy who has no interest in being here.
Depending on what you read today, you will find a variety of opinions on what is believed to be the reason for Jason Bay's delay in accepting a contract when there does not appear to be any other significant bidders in the market. Joel Sherman of the NY Post quotes Omar Minaya as saying basically that this is strictly business, while Peter Gammons is quoted as saying Bay would rather play in Beirut then Queens....
Either way it's time for the Mets to take back the upper hand, if bay is only holding out for money then the minute he hears we've turned the page and are negotiating with another left fielder he'll take the contract.
But the Mets can get Bay's production from acquiring a decent left fielder and 1B. With Delgado more then likely no longer an option and Atlanta signing Glaus the Mets could pick-up Adam LaRoche a guy they almost traded for at the trade deadline, LaRoche averages 25 HRs and a .270 BA which is only 10 HRs less then Bay. With Murphy on the bench he would be perfect to send up as a pinch hitter when a starter was tiring, a long at bat could take a starter on the ropes out of the game.
They could then sign a more defense oriented left fielder who could make up the 10 homeruns while reducing the runs allowed with the improved defense, Marlon Byrd, Rick Ankiel or Rocco Baldelli. With the extra money they could sign a Matt Stairs type, all or nothing pinch hitter such as Johnny Gomes, Jack Cust or one of the Duncan brothers...
Posted by Ed Ryan at 11:36 AM