In a post to his blog for the New York Post, Joel Sherman speculates on how the Mets may look to upgrade their rotation in the off-season.
…it’s probably too early to even think about it… that said, i bet Omar Minaya chooses to trade for a pitcher, long before he looks to sign a free agent, if for no other reason than that is typically how he operates, and the open market will just not be that good…
That said, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes the Red Sox will listen to offers for RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka this off season.
Matsuzaka will earn $28 million over the next three season, after which he can be a free agent following 2012.
He was 33–15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts during his first two seasons with Boston, but has missed the majority of this season with fatigue in his right shoulder.
The Red Sox won the rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka in 2006 with a winning bid of $51.1 million.
However, according to ESPN.com, “The Mets finished second with a bid between $39 million and $40 million.”