Buzz: Heyman on Mets, Barajas and Washburn

In an interview with WFAN tonight, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said it is not likely the Mets will sign free-agent C Rod Barajas, who could, instead, end up signing with the Mariners.

Instead, he says the team is comfortable going in to the season with Omir Santos and Henry Blanco behind the plate.

Later, Heyman said the Mets liked Jon Garland better than free-agent LHP Jarrod Washburn, ‘yet they never got in the mix for Garland,’ and so he doesn’t think they’ll make an offer to Washburn either.

…the Mets dropped the ball with Joel Pineiro, it’s that simple…

…they clearly wanted him, and needed him, and they made a two-year offer, he wanted to pitch for the Mets, and, according to reports from Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal, the Mets took too long to get back to him and so he ended up signing with the Angels… garland and washburn were always rumored to have no interest in pitching in New York… the Mets really wanted John Lackey; but, like so many other teams, they would not take the same risk on his contract and elbow that Boston did… and so, if pineiro was the guy they wanted, and the guy they could have had, they should have made the extra effort, in terms of dollars not years… i mean, at least call the guy back