Mets Rumors: Sheets, Pineiro, Molina, Torrealba

Here's the latest on the Mets, who still have significant work to do…

  • MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone hears Ben Sheets will seek "at least $10 million, plus lots of incentives, and a second-year, player-controlled option."  He says that while the Mets' interest in Sheets is legitimate, they prefer Joel Pineiro.  The Mets made an offer – probably two years – to Pineiro.
  • Cerrone writes about Bengie Molina, saying the Mets "offered at least $1 million more than the Giants, and also offered a player-controlled option for 2011."  Cerrone believes Molina grew skeptical of playing in New York.
  • Ken Davidoff of Newsday writes of a "team-fan disconnect," in that a Mets official he spoke to expected the team to get hammered for not signing Molina, but most fans don't mind.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney writes of "signals being sent out on Tuesday night that the Mets are turning to Yorvit Torrealba."  David Waldstein of the New York Times suggests the Mets would have to pay extra for Torrealba to settle the catcher's two-year-old grievance as part of a new deal.   Rod Barajas is probably the only other starting-caliber free agent catcher remaining.