By Shari Forst
Omar Minaya is setting up shop at the winter meetings and making it clear that pitching is his number one priority.
He is set to meet with Scott Boras, Barry Zito's agent - or as I like to call him the Satan of Baseball.
There is talk that along with the Mets, Boras is also talking to the Texas Rangers. The Mets do have one thing going for them in the Zito auction - and that's pitching coach Rick Peterson.
I would think Zito would love the idea of being reunited with his old pitching coach from his most successful era in Oakland.
What I can't understand is why Boras' clients allow him to make deals placing them ion teams that do nothing for their careers. One would think that a guy like Zito would rather go to a contending team-no less in the National League where pitchers get to hit. it's much better for their ERA.
Texas is the virtual Siberia of baseball- just ask A-Rod. How many millions is enough for these guys anyway? So what if Texas is offering a few million more? Why would you want to toil away on a last place team?
I am hoping that the lure of pitching under Peterson's tutelage is a big factor in the decision Boras & Zito make.
Now that Glavine has resigned, I can only dream about a starting pitching staff that would include Zito. Balanced out with El Duque, John Maine and Oliver Perez.