Good morning! Great start to the end of a long week, and it's only just beginning. We have Adam Rubin pointing out that the Mets wouldn't get a 1st round pick for losing Reyes (a type-A FA) because the Marlins have a top-15 pick, which are protected; a Mets payroll reality check, a Marlins update, and a couple digs by the Red Sox, namely, "we don't need to "woo" candidates. Check 'em out:
Reyes to Miami means no 1st-round pick - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
"If Jose Reyes eventually signs with the Miami Marlins, the Mets will get two draft picks, as they would if he signs with any other organization. However, if Reyes ends up in South Florida, the Mets would not get a first-round pick, even though Reyes is a Type A free agent."
MetsBlog Q&A: Cerrone talks to Sandy about spending | MetsBlog.com
"Considering where we are now with respect to revenues, in order for us to approach a break-even proposition, we have to keep our payroll at a lower range than it has been in the last few years. Now, as the team performs better and the revenues increase, there will be the opportunity to increase payroll. So, where we are now is at a point of trying to bring our expenses (including most importantly payroll) to be in line with our revenue; and so we’re trying to approach it on a more balanced basis."
Marlins: No Offers Yet – Sun-Sentinel
"Samson would not say whether the club has extended offers to any free agents. He also added the organization’s policy to not offer no-trade clauses on multi-year deals has not changed."
Red Sox may not plunge into deep end of free agent pool - WEEI
"Cherington suggested that the Red Sox had no plans to make elaborate pitches to woo free agents. While some players may enjoy the red carpet treatment, Cherington suggested that given the composition of the club, he did not foresee the Sox pursuing the sort of high-profile free agents who would demand that sort of courting gesture."
Young arms to the call - BostonHerald.com
"That means no C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle this winter, and that’s fine. The two lefties are solid, but it’s unlikely either signs for less than $50 million and the Sox have already been down that road. No thanks."
What we've learned and what remains in the Red Sox managerial search - WEEI | Alex Speier
"Of the six candidates whom the Sox have scheduled interviews -- Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, Rangers pitching coach Maddux, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont -- only Lamont has held a full-time managing job."