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November 9, 2009

When you’re a Mets fan, the off-season is like your World Series.  Signing a big-time free agent is similar to winning a ring.  There is no question that these next few months are huge for Omar Minaya and that there is a lot of work to do.  In a recent report for ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick surveyed 20 general managers, assistant GMs, personnel people and scouts, regarding eight off-season topics.

According to Crasnick, eight of the 20 insiders believe the Yankees will sign free-agent RHP John Lackey, while four believe he will sign with the Mets.

According to Crasnick, “Estimates on Lackey’s deal ranged from a low of three years, $36 million to highs of five years, $95 million and six years, $100 million,” and, “Most people figure he’s bound for the big stage in New York.” 

I think it is critical for the Mets to sign Lackey.  The rumblings out of Camp Wilpon is that the team covets Matt Holliday at the top of their list, but pairing Santana with another “Ace in the hole” will immediately bring the Mets back into contention. 

This year, Crasnick also surveys the group on whether Matt Holliday is better than Jason Bay; where will Aroldis Chapman sign; where will Roy Halladay or Adrian Gonzalez be traded; and whether MLB should expand the use of Instant Replay.  The full report can be found here.

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