Posted by Mack Ade at 11:05 AM
"The Mets do not want to embarrass themselves by confirming a deal then having to back away should Bay not pass the physical," says the Post. Especially considering what happened with Yorvit Torrealba(notes) a few years ago.
The Boston Red Sox apparently didn't want to sign a long-term contract with Bay because of some health concerns about Bay's shoulders holding up. So the Mets aren't asking Bay to just do a few sprints and call it a day. - yahoo
For those that called for Omar’s dismissal or that the Wilpon ownership group had emasculated him as it pertained to spending, I can only say one sentence: You were wrong. I agree that the wait for this to occur tried Met Nation’s patience and my own, but I believe Omar acted shrewdly in the negotiations at this juncture of the off season. The Organization may have misjudged the pitching market, or perhaps another big move is coming as the Mets had many discussions at the winter meetings. Omar has said he has a plan and after the news from today, perhaps he needed to have this Bay signing to occur to enable him to deal his depth for the right pitcher. For those who desire multi-tasking, He probable couldn’t create the holes in his major league roster and the minor leagues or it would have left the team vulnerable to player and agent demands. - metsmerizedonline.
After our hiatus, NY Sports Dog will be back on 1 January all the way through the 2010 World Series championship for the Mets. Thanks for the notes and e-mails over the past 3 months--to let you know I just needed a break from blog life after the season - dog
According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the Dodgers have entered the hunt for free agent right-hander Joel Pineiro. The Mets and Angels have also shown a good amount of interest in Pineiro this winter. The 31-year-old was 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 32 starts in '09, and his 60.2% groundball rate led the entire league. He is undoubtedly the best remaining starter on the free agent market, and the Dodgers would be wise to put aside the McCourts' divorce proceedings for a second to get a deal done. Source: ESPN Insider - rotoworld
Free-agent second baseman Kelly Johnson has agreed on a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, SI.com has learned. Johnson, who is taking a physical on Wednesday, will be paid about $2 million on a one-year deal. He was non-tendered by the Braves but fills a second base hole for Arizona. - SI