The New York Times and Associated Press were first to report that Mets GM Omar Minaya has offered RHP Pedro Martinez a three-year, $38 million contract with a vesting option for a fourth year. Martinez is reportedly seeking a four-year contract worth $60 million. The Boston Herald believes the Red Sox will not make a counter offer.
The Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have offered LHP Al Leiter a one-year deal worth roughly $5 million to $6 million guaranteed, plus incentives based on innings pitched.
In what is the most random news of the morning, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Sporting News, the Mets are pursuing free-agent C Henry Blanco. Blanco recently rejected a two-year, $2.5 million offer from the Twins. The Twins replaced Blanco by signing Mike Redmond to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
Eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry is among 12 new players who will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot this season. Strawberry hit 335 homers during a 17-year major league career with the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants. Voting ends Dec. 31, and the results will be announced Jan. 4.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants are set to sign Armando Benitez to a three-year, $21 million contract.
MetsBlog has started a new link that features all contracts that have been reportedly offered to players at positions the Mets are, or should be, interested in filling. You can find the link in the sidebar under Contracts.
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