The NY Post’s Mark Hale reports that the Mets have been in contact with Billy Wagner’s agent, who claims his client “is definetley intrigued by the Mets” (which is a polite way of saying he’ll pitch for the Martians if the price is right).
Hoffman (above), who turned 38 last month, reportedly is seeking a three-year deal worth between $25 million and $27 million. Last week, the Padres offered two years for $10 million, and that may prompt Hoffman to try the open market.
“Trevor’s first choice has always been to remain a Padre. But it’s looking more and more like it won’t happen,” Rick Thurman, Hoffman’s agent, told The Associated Press. “Put it this way: Their offer made Trevor upset enough to have his locker cleaned out at the stadium.”
But it may take more than that for Hoffman to uproot his family from San Diego, where he has pitched since 1993, and the Mets, nearly 3,000 miles away on the other coast, would be a long shot. Not that he doesn’t fit their needs. Hoffman had 43 saves last season, with a 2.97 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings.
Given the risk inherent in making a $27 million investment in a 38 year old pitcher with one massive surgery/rehab already on his resume (one whom the Mariners are also interested in), I’m surprised New York seems completely opposed to Aaron Heilman as closer. Nor are we reading much about a pursuit of Eddie Guardado, though that could change.