Buzz: Mets and the Free-Agent Pitchers

Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters that he spent most of today talking with agents, as opposed to working on trades.

frankly, i put very little stock in to what omar says in public, so this may or may not be true…nevertheless

According to Kat O’Brien, at her blog for Newsday, the Mets and Yankees are among several teams who have talked with free-agent RHP Luis Vizcaino, who is seeking a four-year, $19-million contract.

Earlier today, at, Jim Molony wrote that free-agent Japanese RHP Hiroki Kuroda could sign with the first team to offer him a four-year deal, adding that the Mariners, Mets, Dodgers and D’Backs are all offering him three years and $30 million.

According to a recent report from Yahoo! Japan, Kuroda is believed to be seeking a four-year, $45 million contract.

Earlier today, in an article for the New York Post, citing ‘one person with knowledge of the team’s thinking,’ Mark Hale reported that the Mets have ‘legitimate interest’ in Kuroda, while adding that the Mets have advanced to ‘Round 2 of the bidding process.’

According to the Daily News, though, the Mariners have offered a fourth year to Kuroda, who could act as a starter or reliever.

…for what it’s worth, i recall hearing that the D’Backs have interest in kuroda, as well

…as i noted this afternoon, there is more and more buzz coming from Nashville suggesting that the Mets are seriously considering Livan Hernandez

Earlier today, citing ‘a source,’ reported that the Nationals may be willing to give Hernandez a two-year deal.

According to the New York Times, both Minaya and Hernandez’s agent have stated publicly that they intend to speak with one another soon.

Lastly, Steve Popper of the Bergen Record is reporting that Minaya will meet with the agent’s for Octavio Dotel and Shawn Chacon tonight.

lastly, there is very minimal buzz suggesting that the Mets may have inquired about Cubs RHP Mark Prior, who is said to be drawing interest from the Padres, among others