Saturday, January 08, 2011

Mets will not pay another starter more than $1.5 MIllion


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets don’t want to pay another starting pitcher more than Chris Capuano, who was signed to an incentive-laden deal by the club earlier this week.

Capuano will earn a base salary of $1.5 million with the Mets this season. The left-hander could make an additional $3 million if he reaches certain benchmarks for starts and innings pitched.

If  Rubin’s sources are correct, this would seem to rule out the Mets for free agent left-hander Jeff Francis, who has received interest from multiple teams this offseason.

Chris Young is one possible alternative, but the club denied a report by Buster Olney of ESPN.com earlier this week that claimed he was offered a contract with a guaranteed base salary that exceeded $1 million.

Still Young seems to be a realistic option for the Mets. Not only will he be perfect for Citi-Field, but has ties with the front office.
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