INDIANAPOLIS - With a handful of free-agent catchers already accepting two-year deals this offseason, the Mets planned to make a similar offer to Bengie Molina late yesterday, expected to be in the $10-12 million range.

On Monday, Ivan Rodriguez agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million with the Nationals and Jason Kendall got a two-year contract from the Royals yesterday. Yorvit Torrealba, who was willing to do a one-year deal with the Mets, was considering a two-year offer from the Rockies as he waited to hear back.

Molina is the Mets' top choice, and despite the drawn-out process, team officials still expect him to be their catcher for 2010. At this point, it's all about price, and with Molina's options drying up, the Mets should have a favorable negotiating stance.


Wolf, Millwood sign

Despite the Mets' last-ditch efforts, Randy Wolf finalized a three-year, $29.75-million contract with the Brewers. A few hours later, the Orioles acquired Kevin Millwood from the Rangers for reliever Chris Ray and a player to be named.

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Rumor central

It's looking like the Mets will be forced to keep Luis Castillo as efforts to trade him have stalled . . . The Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox may be open to trading Mike Lowell and signing Adrian Beltre . . . The Angels have offered Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar and Peter Bourjos to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, according to the Toronto Sun, with adding the Phillies to the Halladay mix.