The News is Wishing Upon A Star
So, there were a number of interesting rumors, developments, and quotes related to the Mets during this past week that stirred the pot on the hot stove. A quick recap …
Scott Boras described the Mets as NASA without astronauts.
In a similarly out-of-space comment, Jeff Wilpon built suspense by suggesting that there were “several balls in the air” and a big announcement was imminent. A perplexed Sandy Alderson told reporters he was surprised and confused (those simultaneous reactions describe the perpetual look on the face of my Italian Greyhound, by the way). Reporters backtracked on their reports. The next day, it was announced that Huey Lewis and the News would be part of the Mets 2014 promotional schedule. Jeffy proclaimed it was hip to be square, while Mets fans responded, in unison, “I want a new drug — one that won’t make me sick.”
Jhonny Peralta appears to be asking for what the Mets consider to be an out-of-this-world contract.
The Mets may be interested in a reunion with former farmhand Nelson Cruz. Or not. His price may be too high.
Marlon Byrd signed with the Phillies for what is likely double what the Mets were hoping to offer the aforementioned Cruz.
For about five minutes, the Mets were rumored to be serious about going after Curtis Granderson.
Jeff Wilpon observed that free agent asking prices were “crazy.” According to witnesses, he resembled this during the statement:
The Mets were reportedly willing to give up a draft pick to sign a big-time free agent. Then, they were reportedly unwilling to do so.
Ike Davis is on the trading block. No one really cares.
The Mets are interested in Chris Young. This time, though, it’s the other Chris Young.
The Mets could be interested in Dexter Fowler, who is being shopped by the Rockies and receiving a response similar to Ike Davis, above.
Those were the highlights of the week. Anything in particular that you’d like to discuss? Bring it up in the comments.