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Time Is Ticking, But Is It a Concern?

Posted By Jim Mancari On Dec 22 2010 @ 10:54 pm In New York Mets | No Comments

Yesterday, the Mets announced they would not make any moves until January. Sandy Alderson and company have decided to wait out the market rather than throwing their money at uncertainty.

Surprisingly, several good starting pitchers are still available, yet teams appear reluctant to pull the trigger.

Conventional wisdom told us that once Cliff Lee signed, the other starters would fall like dominoes. Teams in need of starting pitchers would not want to be left in the dust while players would not wait forever for the market to develop.

Carl Pavano (and his disgusting mustache) won 17 games last year. You would think someone would want to lock him up as he is in his prime and throwing well. True, he had an interesting last few seasons, but he proved last year that he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Now, I do not want Pavano anywhere near the Mets nor do I think they have the money to spend on him. It appears Pavano IS the best starting pitcher available. So similar to the situation with Lee, once Pavano is off the table, the other pitchers may go fast. Among these are the two names we’ve heard linked to the Mets: Chris Young and Jeff Francis. Both are coming off injury years and want guaranteed contracts in the $5 million range. Is that too much to spend on a question mark? If the Mets weren’t financially strapped and if Johan Santana was healthy for the start of the season, I’d say roll the dice on one of them. Taking all variables into account, it might be best to see if the prices will come down after the new year.

If there is a team out there willing to pay $5 million for either of these players, then go for it. However, it seems like other teams are thinking along the same lines as the Mets – wait and see what the market bears.

I wish the Mets would make more of an aggressive play for Brandon Webb. Here’s a guy who was dominant two years ago but also had injury troubles. I wonder if he is asking for multiple years because of his impressive resume. That could be what is keeping the Mets out of the running. Another factor could be Webb’s interest of where to play. The Yankees are rumored to have targeted Webb, so playing in New York would not be a factor.

If the Mets could be a sleeper for Webb, that would be great. I would rather have Webb than Young or Francis. But with the clock ticking, all three of these pitchers may call somewhere else other than Citi Field home in 2011.

CPR 12-24-2010

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