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Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday, Jason Varitek, Oliver Perez and Chien-Ming Wang
Wanted to get this out earlier, but Scott Boras beckoned. I'll add the Boras quotes after I transcribe what he said. As always, the super-agent had some gems:
--The Mets are meeting tonight with Boras concerning Matt Holliday and, in surely a shorter conversation, Alex Cora.
Oliver Perez is in Arizona, at the Athletes Performance Institute, and he'll receive visitors this winter in Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and trainer Ray Ramirez. Minaya, not surprisingly, was extremely forgiving of Perez's gad-awful 2009 season. Said Minaya: "Pitchers will have bad years. Things happen."
--Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, meanwhile, on the team's efforts to retain Matt Holliday: "We don’t anticipate anything happening rather quickly. We understand we’re going to have to be patient. We also recognize that we want to try to put out the best club out there for 2010. Understanding that, we don’t want to pass something that will help us, in lieu of that. We internally feel that the market will have opportunities. We don’t feel any time pressure right now."
--New Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, on Roy Halladay: "We’re just trying to get better. We’re trying to get better for the long term. …We have to be open to talking about any of our players in a trade, if it’s going to improve the club. There’s players that I’m highly reluctant to move, and those ones are pretty obvious. A guy like Roy Halladay, for example, I’d love to have him for part of the franchise for the long term. That being said, he’s under contract for one more year."
--New Padres GM Jed Hoyer, on Adrian Gonzalez: "He’s a guy who fits on the team for the next two years." With Gonzalez making such reasonable dollars, $4.75 million in 2010 and $5.5 million (team option) in 2011, San Diego isn't under immense pressure to trade him.
--Alan Nero, the agent for the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang, stopped by; he works in Chicago. Nero said that Wang saw James Andrews on Monday, and that the right-hander intends to start throwing on Dec. 1 and could be ready for major-league action by April 15. That seems quite optimistic; in any case, the Yankees must decide by Dec. 12 whether to tender Wang a contract, and right now, you'd have to be on "No."