Buzz: Mets prefer Matt Holliday to Bay

Jon Heyman of SI.com believes the Mets prefer soon-to-be free-agent OF Matt Holliday over OF Jason Bay, “though either would help immensely.”

i have no idea what the Mets intend to do, but signing holliday would not surprise me… holliday is going to ask for a seven-year deal, probably worth around $18 million per season, i.e., the same deal signed by Mark Teixeira last winter… in the end, though, because of the market place, i bet he has to settle for five years, and more like $16 million per season, which i could see the Mets dishing out, considering Carlos Beltran is a free agent in two seasons… again, i don’t know if the Mets will do this, and i am not even sold on whether they should, but he’s bound to be linked in rumor to the Mets all off seasoni mean, if ever there was an off-season to do this, i.e., needing power, with an open spot in left field, and the expectation and claim that the team will spend money, this is it

Holliday hit .286 with 34 extra base hits in 93 games for Oakland this season, then hit .353 with 31 extra base hits, 13 HR and 55 RBI in just 63 games after being traded to the Cardinals.

In his report, Heyman also ranks the eight playoff teams, while reporting on the coaching situation in Miami and Atlanta, among other topics from MLB, all of which you can read here.