Monday, September 24, 2012
Rumor Mill: Collins Staying Put, Upton's Worth, Victorino on Mets Radar?
The Mets front office remains committed to Terry Collins beyond this season despite the team's slide, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post. Puma was told emphatically that Collins is returning next year, which has been the tone of the reports surrounding the manager's future for most of the summer.
The Mets will be looking to add some offense and centerfield position is a place where they could start. They are in lack of a lead off hitter and the Mets may enter the bidding this off-season for a Bourn or Victorino type. They also can try their hand at a right handed B.J. Upton, which would make David Wright happy as they played in college together and are close friends..
Jon Heyman of SI.com says there's a debate about whether the Rays will make the qualifying offer for B.J. Upton around $13 million, but execs believe they will since his very nice all-around season with 24 home runs and 30 stolen bases means he'll get at least four years elsewhere. Upton could demand a package of 5 years, $60 Million.
It's a pretty good center field market, though, with Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino also free agents.
Shane Victorino has talked aloud about wanting to stay in L.A., though with Carl Crawford due back by early next season it doesn't seem like the perfect spot for him. Publicly, Dodgers people aren't ruling it out, though maybe they are being kind.
Heyman says the Nats, Mets, Braves, Phillies and Giants all could be better fits, though Victorino will have to lower his sights after originally seeking a five-year deal. Heyman thinks Victorino could only get two years, $25 Million which might be in the Mets price range.