Busy day here in Milwaukee. And when I write "Busy day," what I really mean is, "It was incredibly slow until 4:45, when MLB gathered all of the present GMs* and put them in a room to talk to us."
*Because I know you were curious, there are three GMs who aren't here: Oakland's Billy Beane, Texas' Jon Daniels and San Francisco's Brian Sabean. Their respective deputies David Forst, Thad Levine and Bobby Evans are representing their clubs.
The actual meetings were pretty dull, by all accounts. Instant replay was discussed, specifically expanding it to include fair/foul calls on hits down the line. However, executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre spoke as though adding that was far from a guarantee.
--The Marlins' first offer to Jose Reyes was six years and $90 million, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi reported for Fox Sports, and the Mets believe that's an accurate report. Already, that's getting into very uncomfortable territory for the Mets, in their half-hearted desire to retain Reyes, and that's just the opening offer.
The Mets expect Reyes to take his time on this decision, despite the Marlins' aggressive efforts to get a deal done now.
As for Hanley Ramirez and his willingness to switch out of shortstop to make room for Reyes, Florida president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said that he would keep his conversations with Ramirez private, and then he added, "We’ve communicated with Hanley. He’s been coming to us to do his rehab. We’ve kept in touch with him. Hanley wants to win."
--The Mets have interest in signing Jason Marquis, who has long expressed a desire to pitch for his hometown team. The Manhasset native, who played high school ball in Staten Island, would replae Chris Capuano in the team's starting rotation. If Johan Santana actually is healthy enough to pitch, and the team also has Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey going, then Dillon Gee could be optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo.
That's getting ahead of ourselves. But the point is that Gee's minor-league options give the Mets some roster flexibility.
--As expected, the Yankees met with Bob Garber, the representative for free agents C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt. Brian Cashman said that both pitchers were discussed "in a non-descriptive fashion."
Given how underwhelming the free-agent crop of starting pitching seems to be, and given that the Yankees have a strong farm system, you could argue that a trade makes more sense. It's just a matter of whether the Yankees can make a deal happen, however.
For instance, the Yankees like the White Sox's John Danks, but they aren't certain they can pry Danks - who will be in his walk year - without giving up either Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances.
--The new collective bargaining agreement could be announced as soon as Friday. As discussed here previously, the new agreement will feature a "luxury tax" on amateur draft spending, and in return for that concession from the players, the owners will relax draft compensation for free agents.
That won't affect star players like Jose Reyes, from whom the Mets still expect to receive two draft picks. It will likely affect someone like Freddy Garcia, who would've been a Type B free agent, therefore 1) compelling the Yankees to offer him arbitration, to get a draft pick in case Garcia signed elsewhere and 2) given that Garcia might not have a great market, could have prompted the veteran righty to accept the arbitration offer, thereby staying with the Yankees.
We'll see how all of the final details shake out.
--Have a great night.