According to Jon Heyman of SI.om, the Mets have upped their offer to free agent Jason Bay to include a fifth year option. Additionally, they are also planning to contact Scott Boras to discuss his client, outfielder Matt Holliday.
Moving aggressively to try to secure a power-hitting left fielder, the Mets tweaked their offer to Jason Bay to give him a five-year alternative and are getting back into the ballgame for Matt Holliday, as well, SI.com has learned.
I think we all expected the Mets to react to Monday’s news with a greater sense of urgency, and adding a fifth year to their initial offer certainly classifies as a significant development and one that can ultimately lead to an agreement.
I think the timing of contacting Holliday could also be related to the Bay negotiations, and does not really indicate a sudden new found interest in Matt Holliday. The Cardinals reportedly increased their offer for Holliday to include an eighth year and the total deal could top $128 million dollars. A little too rich for the Mets taste in my opinion.
This could be more of a Omar Minaya’s way of adding some incentive for the Bay camp to get something done quickly. Heyman, also mentions in his article that Bay is seeking a six year deal, which I can certainly guarantee he will not get from the Mets or any other team.
If it takes a fifth year to get something done then so be it.
It’s time to stop talking about improving the team, and time to start getting something done.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of words, and I’m ready for some action.
Hat tip to “thebossandbenji76” for the heads up…