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A's Looking To Part With Zito For Milledge Or Jackson

Monday's signing of Esteban Loaiza could spell the end of Barry Zito's career in Oakland, given the team's surfeit of pitching and its need for a right-handed power hitter.

A's general manager Billy Beane told reporters not to jump to conclusions about Loazia's signing, saying, "I wouldn't necessarily read into it that it's a precursor to anything coming down the pike.''

Still, Zito will be a free agent after the 2006 season. Tim Hudson was entering the final year of his contract when he was traded to Atlanta in December. Zito is also the team's most expensive pitcher, at $8.5 million, though, according to Beane, under new owner Lewis Wolff, the A's will not have to move Zito in order to make room for Loaiza's salary. There might be enough money in the A's budget even to add a free-agent hitter, although not a big-ticket item such as Paul Konerko. Beane said the A's have had some talks with free-agent hitters, although nothing serious has developed yet.

Chances are that the A's will need to part with Zito in order to get a top-flight young hitter such as Mets prospect Lastings Milledge or Arizona's Conor Jackson or Carlos Quentin. (Harden, Haren and Blanton are essentially off-limits when it comes to trade talks.) The Rangers also have expressed interest in Zito and they have Alfonso Soriano to offer, but Soriano is likely to earn $10 million or more in arbitration.

Beane called acquiring another bat "the next order of business.''

Via SF Chronicle


Mets Acquire Tike Redman

Outfielder Tike Redman's contract was purchased by the New York Mets on Monday from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 28-year-old Redman hit .251 in 319 at-bats last season with 20 doubles, two homers and 26 RBIs. He made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2000 and has a .277 career average, 15 homers and 101 RBIs in 392 games.

Via AP


Mets Sign Wagner

The Mets have landed coveted closer Billy Wagner in a four-year deal worth $43 million.

The deal could be worth as much as $50 million as it includes a fifth-year option for the Mets worth $10 million. But if the team declines the option, Wagner gets a $3 million buyout which is considered part of the original $43 million deal.

Two of the Mets' NL East rivals, the Phillies and Braves, also were trying to sign Wagner.

Wagner, 34, was 4-3 with 38 saves and a 1.51 ERA last season for Philadelphia, which wanted to re-sign him. Wagner has 284 career saves and will be 38 at the end of the deal ? 39 if the Mets pick up his option.

After spending most of his career with Houston, his two seasons with the Phillies showed the left-hander he could handle pitching in a tough city.

"I think if I had an opportunity to play in New York four or five years ago, I probably wouldn't have been as receptive to it," Wagner said last week. "After the trade of going to Philadelphia and playing there, I believe that's made it that much easier to handle the media, the pressures."

Via FoxSports


Mets Still Would Like Manny

The Mets, unsated after getting first baseman Carlos Delgado from the Marlins, still are expected to make another push for Ramirez. A year ago at these meetings, the Sox and Mets talked about a Ramirez deal, and they were at it again at the trading deadline. These meetings will be no different, although the Mets have fewer major league bodies to offer. They do, however, have outfield prospect Lastings Milledge. The Angels can expect to be engaged on this issue by the Red Sox, who also will remind the so-far-unimpressed Mariners that Ramirez really likes them.

Via Boston Herald


Braves Enter Wagner Derby

The Mets long have come in on the wrong side of their rivalry with the Braves, and now Atlanta might be making a serious run at one of the Mets' top free agent targets - closer Billy Wagner.

Two baseball executives said yesterday that Braves GM John Schuerholz was planning to meet with Wagner's agent, Bean Stringfellow, this week. Wagner had acknowledged interest by the Braves and Red Sox when he met with New York-area reporters following a visit here last week, but noted they "have other things on their plate right now."

However, a scheduled meeting is a sign that the Braves' pursuit could heat up.

As one baseball executive said yesterday, "Schuerholz seems to do something every year."

Via NY Daily News


Mets Nov 2005 Archive

  • Mets Prefer Hernandez Over Molina

    The Mets have made initial contract proposals to free-agent catchers Ramon Hernandez and Bengie Molina.

  • Ryan To Sign With Toronto

    B.J. Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached a preliminary agreement on a $47 million, five-year contract, a high-ranking baseball official told The Associated Press Friday.

  • Mets Close To Making An Offer To Bengie

    The Mets are close to presenting free agent catcher Bengie Molina a contract offer. That offer may come as soon as today.

  • D-Backs Float Vazquez For Benson Deal

    The Diamondbacks pitched a trade of Javier Vazquez for Kris Benson and prospect Brian Bannister at the GM meetings.

  • Mets Rule Out Soriano, Manny Increasingly Unlikely

    The Mets have ruled out pursuing Alfonso Soriano, a person familiar with the team's thinking said.

  • One-Horse Race For Wagner

    Billy Wagner criticized the Phillies' efforts to retain him, telling the Mets' Web site his current team is "taking one step back to take one step forward."

  • Mets Strike Deal For Delgado

    The Mets reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to acquire Delgado and $7 million from the Florida Marlins for first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitcher Yusmeiro Petit.

  • Wagner Offered $30 Million By Mets

    Billy Wagner departed Shea Stadium at about 3:30 yesterday, and he did so with the Mets' first formal offer in hand.

  • Delgado Trade Speeding Up

    The Mets appear to have surged into the lead in the Carlos Delgado sweepstakes. A deal could be completed before Thanksgiving.

  • Mets Ready To Make Offer To Wagner

    The Mets want Billy Wagner to come to New York, and the bullpen ace sounds as if he likes their sales pitch.

  • Delgado Could Now Head To The Bronx Instead Of Queens

    There were indications on Monday that the Yankees may jump into the fray for Carlos Delgado. Delgado was rumored to be headed to the Mets, but the Marlins would rather not trade him to another team in

  • Castillo And Lo Duca Become Mets Opportunities

    An impending fire sale by the Marlins could directly benefit the Mets, but Luis Castillo or Paul Lo Duca appears more likely to land in Flushing than Carlos Delgado, who could be bound for Baltimore.

  • Nady Could Be Dealt Again

    Xavier Nady could be included in a package for Carlos Delgado, Manny Ramirez or even Barry Zito.

  • Mets And Padres Finish Cameron Deal

    Mike Cameron's vision is fine and he is going back to the scene of the crime as he has been dealt to the Padres for Xavier Nady.

  • Ryan Meets The Mets

    B.J. Ryan, one of the best free-agent closers on the market, met with front-office people from the Mets, according to the source. The group went to dinner in New York.

  • Wagner To Tour New York Area

    Billy Wagner and Kenji Jojima will find out if they love New York during upcoming visits to the city.

  • Vazquez Prefers Mets, Boston Most Likely

    Javier Vazquez, who asked for a trade from Arizona, would like to be dealt to the Mets, but Boston is a more likely destination given David Wells' request to be traded to the west.

  • Padres Seek Trade For Cameron

    The Padres reportedly have an eye on Mike Cameron, with reliever Akinori Otsuka among the possible players heading to Flushing if a deal were consummated.

  • Konerko Contacted By Mets

    The Mets contacted free agent Paul Konerko in a possible admission that Manny Ramirez, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield and Adam Dunn will be difficult to acquire.

  • Mets And Yanks To Rival For Farnsworth And Eyre

    The Mets and Yankees likely will compete for several free agent relievers this winter as both teams reconstruct their bullpens.

  • Valentine Agrees To Three-Year Contract With Chiba Lotte

    After guiding the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first Japan Series title in 31 years last month, Bobby Valentine has agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the team, the Japan Times reported.

  • Mets To Get Second Shot At Delgado

    Carlos Delgado chose the Marlins over the Mets while a free agent in January, and now, with the Marlins needing to slash payroll, he is being shopped around the general managers' meetings, according to an industry official.

  • Mets Laying Foundation For Trade With Tampa Bay

    Omar Minaya is laying the foundation for a potential trade with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for closer Danys Baez and first baseman Aubrey Huff.

  • Mets Could Look To Japan To Replace Piazza

    With Mike Piazza almost certainly headed to the American League, the Mets need a first-string catcher, and the free-agent market offers a few options.

  • Manny Now Wants To Play For The Mets?

    The Mets not only have interest in trading for Manny Ramirez, they also believe that the Red Sox outfielder has interest in playing for them.

  • Wright Would Like To See Furcal And Wagner Added

    "It's just exciting to think about a 1-2 punch of Reyes and Furcal, in any order," said Mets 3B David Wright.

  • Mets To Beat All Offers On Wagner

    The Mets are ready to beat any offer for Billy Wagner. And with the Phillies already preparing contingency plans in case they lose their free-agent closer.

  • Delgado's Agent Expects Him To Stay In Florida

    Carlos Delgado's agent expects the first baseman to remain a Marlin and not be available to the Mets via trade.

  • Mets Could Bring Back Dotel

    The Mets have expressed interest in bringing Octavio Dotel back in a setup role, a person familiar with the discussion said.

  • Mets Could Add Hoffman

    The Mets could add Trevor Hoffman to their shopping list of prospective closers now that he seems to be at an impasse with the Padres over a contract extension.

  • Furcal Is Willing To Move To Second For The Mets

    The Atlanta-based Kinzer said Furcal's preference is to remain a shortstop, but said about the Mets: "I think they'll be a player. ... He would be willing to explore it."