Mets Scoop: Tavarez, Zito, Benson, Baez
A slew of information coming from my Mets source today. Let's see what we've got.
My source believes the Mets will give Julian Tavarez the four-year deal he's looking for. The market explosion has necessitated this length, and Omar Minaya will go to great lengths to avoid a subpar bullpen like last year's.
The Mets are the current frontrunners for Barry Zito, and Lastings Milledge is still a requirement. As reported earlier, the Mets plan to request a 72 hour contract extension window upon trading for Zito, but would make the trade with just a verbal agreement from the pitcher. Zito's best years came under Rick Peterson's guidance, so it'd be a good fit.
The Mets don't have the upper hand in any possible Kris Benson trade, so teams are backing off and offering less value. The feeling is that Anna Benson's media tirades are precluding small market teams from acquiring her husband. Anna has definitely decreased Kris's value around baseball. She knows that her career will stall if they end up in a place like Kansas City, so she'll do anything she can to stay in New York.
If the Mets can't get fair value for Benson, Steve Trachsel and/or Victor Zambrano may be dealt for prospects. The Mets hope to acquire players that would appeal to the A's as part of a Zito deal.
The Aaron Heilman for Danys Baez rumors that have been floating around are false.
Not surprisingly, there's no market for Kaz Matsui, even at a 50% off discount. While they'd prefer Mark Grudzielanek, the Mets are OK with their depth at second base.