The Mets lost out on the Derek Lowe sweepstakes when the Braves swooped in and signed him. The Braves and Lowe agreed to a 4-year deal worth $60 million while the Mets best offer was 3 years, $36 million.
The Mets have obviously had a change of heart from how they used to do business. They gave Glavine and Pedro multi-year deals when no one else would due to their age. If they had offered Lowe a fourth year earlier they might have gotten him. They are going through the same thing with Oliver Perez right now.
The reality is, the Mets could contend with the team they have right now. A starting pitcher or two and a bat for the middle of the order can put them over the top. Considering they are moving into a new stadium and the Yankees have been on an epic spending spree, I'm surprised they didn't pony up for Lowe.
On a side note, why isn't anyone signing Ben Sheets? I know he has a history of injuries and is now 30, but AJ Burnett has had injuries and isn't getting younger either. For my money, I'd rather have Sheets. His cost must be dropping so I think the Mets and Yankees (although especially the Mets) should go after this guy. If he can stay healthy, he's a number 1 starter.