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The Mets and the Game of Poker

The game of poker with Scott Boras continued with the Mets on Wednesday. The Mets have made it known that their priority is to address their pitching needs before looking into any other possible avenues to improve the team. Boras met with New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya on Wednesday that certainly involved discussions about two of his high profile clients, pitchers Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez. Maybe the discussions even discussed free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez, whose salary demands have so far not attracted any of the long term offers they he and Boras are seeking.

Omar Minaya has shown the shrewd ability to let the market dictate the offer he is willing to make for any potential free agent. With the free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, the lack of teams needing a closer for their bullpens enabled him to lower the package to offer to Boras and Rodriguez. The three year $37 million deal that lured Rodriguez to the Mets was way below the initial posturing Boras had wanted for his client before free agency began.

So the game of poker began beteen Omar and Boras. Boras will look to bluff Omar into a higher offer by creating either real or imaginary additional offers for his clients. A quote from Scott Boras "In my discussions with teams, I don't really talk about offers that I have received and not received," "I read about these things, but I don't really acknowledge them".

Next move in this hand is yours Omar.

By Frank Barone -Mets blogger


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