The Gloves Come Off

January 6, 2009

“When a team comes to me with a contract offer, I take that very seriously,” MLB’s high-profile agent, Scott Boras replied when asked what it means to him when he is contacted by a club’s front office with interest in one of his players.

The New York Mets have professed publicly that they are extremely serious in signing a formidable free agent, preferably, one that can be a number two starting pitcher. How serious, remains to be seen. With the recent economic downturn and the highly publicized Madoff scandal, you may think that Mets GM Omar Minaya is crying poverty. Recent reports suggest that he is firmly standing by his offer of three years, $36 million, for one of Boras’ prized possessions, Derek Lowe. Regarding another of Boras’ clients, Oliver Perez, the Mets have not even made a peep as to how much loot they are willing to plop down for the continued services of the former southpaw.

Considering the lack of teams interested in front line starters this off-season, Boras will have to wait on the “Barry Zito-money” that he was expecting before the winter meetings. As for Minaya and the Mets, they seem content with holding on to their cards and waiting on Boras’ bluff.

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