By Mike Steffanos
Mark Healey from Gotham Baseball is likely to be very busy over the weekend updating GB's Rumor Mill with the latest info.
Today Mark discusses the possibility of Duaner Sanchez moving in a Zito deal, and quotes some sources in regards to Rick Peterson's effect on Zito re-signing here if the Mets get him:
One thing is becoming clearer with each person we speak with; the Mets' best chance to keep Zito long-term is to re-introduce him to old pitching coach Rick Peterson for the stretch run, that is, according to a West Coast-based baseball official.
"That will go a long way when free agency rolls around, as (Peterson's influence) could play the biggest role in when Zito gets offers from Boston, the Yankees, the L.A. clubs and the Cubs."
With respect to Mark's sources, Zito's recent switch to Scott Boras as an agent would seem to signal to me that negotiations this winter will be all about money, period. I can't see Professor Mullet having that huge of an impact on where the lefty winds up. I still feel if Omar deals for Zito it has to be with eyes wide open as a late-season rental.
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