Minaya said Friday that the Mets would prefer that 22-year-old prospect Victor Diaz start the year at Triple-A Norfolk, although the team does consider him an option if the Mets don't acquire a corner outfielder.
The Mets will upgrade either their outfield or first base with a legitimate power hitter this offseason, which means that if Diaz gets the nod in right field, the team could be free to make a run at Richie Sexson or Carlos Delgado.
Otherwise, don't count out a return of free agent John Olerud, who showed that there was still plenty of life left in his bat after signing with the Yankees this year.
The Mets have prematurely ended their seven-year contract with the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, The New York Times reported Saturday. The team was reportedly dissatisfied with the treatment their players – most notably oft-injured infielder Jose Reyes – received, and a return to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan is likely.
The Mets are also negotiating with the agent for reliever Mike DeJean, while they appear willing to let Ricky Bottalico walk. Minaya confirmed Friday that he will offer salary arbitration to at least one player, pitcher Victor Zambrano.