Mets Have Payroll For Pitching, Not For Pedro

The Mets have the payroll flexibility to add another starter if they remain in contention, sources tell Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  However, a person with direct knowledge of the Mets' thinking says that the team has no interest in bringing Pedro Martinez back to Queens.

Mets officials recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of out-of-house reinforcement.  Though the club's offense has been less than stellar, the front office believes that things will pick up upon Carlos Beltran's return. 

Martino writes that the Mets have been in contact with several teams about pitching, though he classified those conversations as "preliminary".  He notes that trade talks do not usually heat up until June and therefore it is too early to gauge the Amazins' chances of landing a big-name pitcher such as Roy Oswalt.  Earlier this week, it was reported that the $33MM that remains on Oswalt's contract might prevent the Mets from dealing for him.

When GMs do begin calling each other more frequently, the Mets may find that they do not have the trade chips to land the type of hurler they desire.  Top prospects Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia are now major leaguers and Fernando Martinez is on the Triple-A disabled list.


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13 Comments on "Mets Have Payroll For Pitching, Not For Pedro"


JasonNYM
5 years 2 months ago

Please Mets do not trade Ike Davis!

icedrake523
5 years 2 months ago

So many things wrong with this:1) There should be interest in Pedro. Is he a great option? No, but when Maine and Perez are pitching poorly and Niese may be injured, there’s no reason to have no interest. Just kick the tires on him, you don’t have to offer him $5M.2) Beltran probably won’t be back before the All-Star break. Even if he does come back before, he’s not going to be his usual productive self out of the gate (if he ever does become as productive). They need to stop counting on guys coming back. We heard it too often with Pedro in 2007 and 2008.3) If they have a chance to get Roy Oswalt and turn it down because of money, then I hope they enjoy seeing more and more empty seats at Citi Field. Money is the best thing they have to offer to a team.4) When will they wake up and realize that Jenrry Mejia should be a starter? If he was pitching lights out and became a top set up man, then they’d have some defense but he hasn’t and their rotation has been lousy outside of Santana and Pelfrey (Niese has been alright). Pat Misch and RA Dickey aren’t attractive spot-starters. I doubt Dillon Gee is ready to come up.

JasonNYM
5 years 2 months ago

I agree with all four points. With the way ollie has pitched this team shouldn’t dismiss any option when it comes to pitching. I think when we signed Perez the general feeling was that it was a bad deal for the Mets…if only we know just how bad it would turn out to be.

5 years 2 months ago

All great points and I agree.

There should definitely be interest in Pedro.

drumzalicious
5 years 2 months ago

to be fair Mejia is not pitching effectively because he isnt getting regular work with the team meaning he is going out there tossing bullpen sessions basically

5 years 2 months ago

While I believe the Mets should keep both Mejia and Davis, I don’t see how a month of ML service time makes them some sort of lesser commodity, as the last paragraph implies.

Boz
5 years 2 months ago

i believe the last paragraph is implying that since now they are a part on the MLB team the mets wouldnt be looking to trade them

joshamaral
5 years 2 months ago

“direct knowledge of the Mets thinking”

Translation: it’s a prediction from someone who thinks they know what they’re talking about

johnsilver
5 years 2 months ago

This seems to be a team that should be built around stroung pitching to fit the park that they play in, with just enough hitting to score the few runs to support it, yet they have poor pitching other than santanna so far it seems instead, not all their fault with injuries perhaps, but it just seems that they should have saved that money they gave to bay and spent it on some proven arms instead. not trying to knock on the mets here at all.

Oswalt would be a good fit, if he can hold up, has looked pretty good so far this year, then he slipped last year and would hope he is not on the downward trend and burden them for the next 2 years.

Might be just a good idea to hold off and wait for Cliff lee after the season and see if they can outbid the NYY for his services. Sure 2 ace lefties is different, but it may be enough to match them with Philly next year if they can finally avoid the injury bug with their key players.

drumzalicious
5 years 2 months ago

Oswalt would be the #2 starter they have needed for years behind Santana and Mejia would have to be in that deal.

Trious
5 years 2 months ago

The guys stuff is long gone and he is severely limited by injuries

Just not worth the money he wants

Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Arizona was raped by Beane to acquire Haren. I would assume it would take a massive haul.

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah try Ike Davis, Jenrry Mejia, and Ruben Tejada.