Derrek Lee is one of the bigger name free agents not to find a job this offseason, but the 36-year-old first baseman is not ready to retire.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Lee hasn’t called it quits and is “still open to the right opportunity.”
Last offseason Lee signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Orioles and was later traded to the Pirates. He was a shell of his former self, but .267 with 19 homers and a .771 OPS in 113 games is still reasonable production.
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s willing to accept a minor-league contract as Opening Day nears, because he might need an injury to a starting first baseman to snag a big-league deal.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”