By Mike Steffanos
Things are fairly quiet on the Zito watch and other Mets news. I have some business to take care of that will eat up most of my day. I'll just share a few thoughts with you quickly before I go..
We can't let a day go by without checking in with the New York Post's Michael Morrissey, who has become our favorite writer by finding creative ways to put a negative spin on whatever is going on. Today is no exception:
Even if the Mets engaged in sunny negotiations with Barry Zito and his agent, Scott Boras, in Los Angeles, there are still storm clouds on the horizon. Zito's number of suitors has grown this week, and the Mets' primary competitor is taking the bull by the horns.
... The Mariners reportedly met with Zito and Boras on Monday. Additionally, the Giants reportedly have vowed to bid on Zito. This must at least somewhat curb the enthusiasm that Zito will come to Flushing.
For Mets fans, the most distressing news might be this: a source told The Post yesterday that Rangers owner Tom Hicks is helming the charge to sign Zito in no uncertain terms.
Earlier this month, the source said, Hicks walked into a meeting and told his front-office people something to the effect of, "I'm taking over this negotiation now."
Although Texas privately shot down reports it had already offered six years and $100 million to Zito, don't bet against it happening by the end of the Zito negotiations. [my emphasis]
A day isn't complete without Morrissey finding that dark cloud hidden behind the silver lining. I don't know, I just find it entertaining. Good thing Morrissey walked away from his last job manning a suicide hotline...
An interesting feature in the San Francisco Chronicle where Zito displays a very businesslike attitude and talks about wanting to win. This persona will serve him well if he comes to New York, where everyone flounders a little at first.
At least if Zito does go to Texas our buddy Dan from LoneStar Mets will get a chance to see him pitch a lot. Perhaps it will distract him from writing extremely long reworkings of holiday classics. I haven't quite decided whether it's a work of genius or dementia, but I admire the effort either way.
As I've said, I'll be in and out for most of the day. I'll get to any emails or comments later on.