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.