In his interview with WFAN this morning, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons said free-agent RHP Joel Pineiro is seeking a long-term contract that will pay him $12 million per season.
Gammons said, even though Pineiro is good friends with Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora, he feels the Mets will eventually end up signing free-agent RHP Jon Garland.
In regards to trading for a pitcher, Gammons said he doesn’t believe the Cubs will move Carlos Zambrano, ‘because they need to win now.’
Speaking of trades, Gammons said he does not feel a trade of Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell and Mets 2B Luis Castillo is a ‘possibility,’ ‘because there is not enough difference in the money to make it worth it to the Red Sox.’
According to Gammons, Scott Boras played a big role in getting Oliver Perez to begin training this off season in Arizona at the Athletes Performance Institute, which is a high-tech fitness boot camp for professional athletes, with a focus on nutrition, metabolic testing, cardiovascular work, drills and media training.
Gammons said, from what he has been told, Perez is working very hard.
Lastly, he feels Jason Bay will be a good player for the Mets, noting how Bay was never rattled by the Boston reporters, or by criticism from fans and media. He said Bay will play hard every day, and do fine with the pressure of playing in New York City.