Free agent catcher Bengie Molina has rejected the latest offer from the Mets, according to a tweet by Buster Olney of ESPN.
Heard this: Bengie Molina has turned down the Mets’ most recent offer, and the Mets are beginning to focus on Joel Pineiro.
Just last week, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the Mets were “close” to signing Molina it was expected that something was getting done in 3-4 days. The Mets and Molina have been at odds over the length of any deal with the Mets standing firm on one year plus an option, and recently Molina softened his stance from three years guaranteed to two.
I wonder if this will finally allow the Mets to look at other catching options such as Rod Barajas who might be a better fit anyway?
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Buster Olney also revealed on his Insider Blog that Omar Minaya was never given a budget to work with and that everything is being done on a case by case business.
This will explain why the Mets have not been able to conduct more than one or two negotiations at the same time. It’s a terrible way to operate a big market team and only strengthens the notion that the Mets front office has become very dysfunctional.
We have already seen some of the dysfunction at work in 2010, and with a an organization that now seems rudderless and without any concrete plan in place, things can only get worse from here.
Most of this comes from the Wilpon’s decision to keep Omar Minaya as the GM even though they apparently have no confidence in his ability to lead the team.
The Mets bought on some good baseball people in the off season to help out, but with Omar still the team’s GM, you can imagine how unorganized things currently are at the top of the Mets hierarchy.
Until the team has a clear leader, how can they be led?
And what is the vision for the future, and who is communicating that vision?