The Mets lost the Barry Zito sweepstakes as the prized lefty free agent signed with the San Francisco Giants yesterday staying in the bay area for 7 years at $125 million. I’m not surprised the Mets didn’t get Zito. Despite all the talk about how general manager Omar Minaya goes after the players he wants and convinces them to play for him Minaya also knows value. From the start Minaya was saying how he would not give Zito more than 6 years at $100 million. It was also known that Zito was looking for more than that and there was more than one team willing to go that far to sign him.
The big question is ‘what now’? Minaya is talking a good game about being confident enough with his current group of starters to go into the season without any changes. But Minaya is no fool either. He’s out there talking to teams about who may be available and if an opportunity presents itself to land an experienced, reliable starter Minaya will be aggressive in trying to land him.