Two little nuggets to much on as you process the Mets deal with Francisco Rodriguez.
The Mets brass in Las Vegas apparently dined with Raul Ibanez's agent at the Bellagio, reports Ken Rosenthal.
The Mets are looking into Ibanez to fill left field, which is currently being manned by a tandem of Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy.
He's a little too old for my liking, especially for the seemingly cursed left field of the New York Mets. Omar Minaya has been after him since July, so now that he's a free agent and within his grasp, I think if Omar can get a grasp on him, he'll snag him for his team.
Minaya also mentioned that the Mets remain interested in Pedro Martinez.
I have a feeling this is a good act on behalf of the Mets toward Pedro. He meant a lot to this club, even if his wins didn't show it. His signing ushered in a new era of the team. They are likely doing this to drum up some rumors and buzz about him as he tries to sign elsewhere.
I think the Mets should sign him, cheaply, to compete with Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell for a spot in the rotation. If he beats them out of spring training, but gets hurt a few weeks into the season, then the team can turn to Niese. That's instead of just handing Niese the job as it stands now. What if he falters? Then what?
Cheaply, I wouldn't mind him. Now that K-Rod is all but locked up, Minaya will begin to look elsewhere. What his first move will be in unknown. Stay tuned!