Ken Davidoff at Newsday is reporting that the Mets and John Smoltz may be getting close to finding a match. Apparently both sides continue to talk and express interest. At this point, the Mets have yet to extend an offer, but it looks like it may be forthcoming.
Basically, at this point, Omar is trying to gauge whether Smoltz has real interest in joining the Mets or just using them for leverage. Smoltz, and his camp, is trying to decide if he actually can fathom joining the Mets and whether Omar is serious in his pursuit. I believe both sides now believe the interest is mutual. Time for the bidding to begin.
Smoltz is a class act and a bad-ass. I have always feared him the most out of those big three of Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddux. His nasty stuff, versatility, and gamer attitude all make for a stud. That said, he is 42 years old and has had multiple arm surgeries. He is not the same old John Smoltz. Do I think he could be serviceable for a season? I am not sure? He is versatile when considering starting/relieving but it is a long season. From the start of the off season, I have said the Mets needed a reliable arm (Garland, Arroyo, Pineiro,etc.) AND an upside guy (Sheets, Bedard, Smoltz). I do not like finishing up this off season with only adding a 42 year old pitcher and a few minor league contract guys. Once again, Wilpon and Co. are banking on too much from the staff that currently has not gotten it done the last 3 years.
The question is, "Do the Mets have enough to compete in an NL East that could end up being one of the toughest in baseball this year?" The Marlins and Braves both have solid, young pitching with emerging offensive threats. The Nationals suck, but have made several decent moves to get better as well. Oh, and there are those Phillies that have gone to the World Series two years in a row and added Roy Halladay to their mix.