Bay, Benji, Stars on Team, Johnny Damon...and Steve Henderson


Jason Bay:

John Harper of the New York Daily News writes that the Mets are "willing to show patience" in their negotiations with outfielder Jason Bay. The Mets feel they are currently bidding against themselves and are not prepared to offer Bay more than a four-year contract. He's seeking a five or even six-year deal. The 31-year-old hit .267/.384/.537 this past season with 36 home runs, 119 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 531 at-bats for the Red Sox. - rotoworld

Benji Molina:

In what could be considered a shrewd move, the Mets have apparently told Bengie Molina that the only offer the Mets will present to the veteran catcher s a two-year deal. They’re also prepared to move forward if that offer is rejected. “We’re not going three years, that’s it,” said a member of the Mets front office. “That’s what I have been told.” source Baseball Digest


The Mets must embrace a shift in philosophy and recognize the importance of surrounding those big stars with role players and quality depth at each position both in the Majors and Minors. We must start to build a more complete roster than in years past, because in the end it really boils down to the success of the entire team and not the gaudy stats of the 4-5 stars you brought in. The bottom line is wins, and it’s important for the Mets to remember that as they try to fulfill the promise they publicly made, of putting a championship caliber team on the field in 2010. All I’m saying is that we update that last line to say “2010 and beyond”. - metsmerized

Johnny Damon:

When I first heard the Yanks were about the sign Nick Johnson and say goodbye to Johnny Damon last night, my mind immediately went into "If I were Omar, what would I do?" mode. This is the step-by-step plan I came up with:  Let Scott Boras know we might be interested in Damon, but only for two years. I would also let everyone I know with a microphone, twitter account and blog (except that Price clown), we were interested, figuring the message would make its way to Jason Bay's camp.   I would also ask Boras what exactly he was looking for as fas as a contract for Matt Holliday. Again, I would let everyone know that conversation had taken place. - NYDN

Steve Henderson:

Former Mets stars Neil Allen and Steve Henderson have landed coaching jobs. Henderson who had been on the Rays staff lately as the teams hitting coach . He had been in the Rays organization since the Rays inception. He will be the Phillies minor league outfield/base running instructor. Hendu played for the Mets in there down years in the late 70's early 80's and was part of the midnight massacre trade that sent Tom Seaver to the Reds.  Neil Allen will be the pitching coach of the Rays High A affiliate the Charlotte stone Crabs. - longislandmetfan


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