As you likely know, the Mets have extended a four-year, $65 million deal to free agent Jason Bay.
I don’t love the deal and I really hope the Mets are not the rumored team that have offered Bay five years. (Is that you, Seattle?) But, with the offered deal, the Mets might be able to swing another free agent on the market.
Not that I’m condoning it, but with the money the Mets save on the deal (by going for Bay over Scott Boras-client Matt Holliday), it is in the realm of possibility they could also sign John Lackey.
Yes, the Mets want to stay within a reasonable distance of their payroll from 2009. Yes, adding Lackey and Bay would probably be silly, devoting so much of the payroll to these two players (and add in Johan Santana for an even bigger chunk).
Likely? No. Plausible? Slightly. Going to happen? Doubt it.
But as JP said in Angels in the Outfield, “It could happen!”