Spoke with my colleague David Lennon last night, and he told me he was writing a story about the Mets, Jason Bay and the Cardinals' offer to Matt Holliday. Alas, I can't find the story on the Web site. I bet it's pretty good.
Anywho, on his blog, Dave linked to this interesting post from Hot Stove New York. While the data is admittedly raw, I agree that it's hard to fathom how the Mets honestly think that Bay is a better hitter than Holliday.
At this point, there's not a huge correlation between Bay and Holliday. While Bay is entertaining four-year offers between $60 million and $65 million, Holliday wants something more like six years and $138 million. The most obvious team to engage both in negotiations is the Red Sox, who could step up for Holliday if they get tired of waiting for Bay. But I can't see the Red Sox getting close to that asking price.
--The Yankees will non-tender Chien-Ming Wang today, and I don't get the sense that they're very interested in bringing him back. In this market, I'd be surprised if Wang didn't get a major-league contract from someone. The Dodgers, between Wang's connections to Joe Torre and Larry Bowa and the divorcing McCourt's penny-pinching ways, are the most obvious suitors.
--The Royals signed Jason Kendall to a two-year contract. Man, has Kansas City GM Dayton Moore been a disappointment. The great fans out there deserve better.
--The White Sox signed J.J. Putz, a decent risk for $3 million.
--Self-promotion alert: I'll be on WFAN at noon today with Adam The Bull