Now that it appears the Red Sox are on the verge of adding John Smoltz (along with Rocco Baldelli, whom I would have loved to have seen in a Mets uniform), I have to wonder whether this is going to affect our trying to sign Derek Lowe.
The Braves definately have the money to add starting pitching (they have tried all winter to trade for Jake Peavy and we're in on the bidding of $80 mil to A.J. Burnett) and now that it appears that John Smoltz is ready to jump ship, I just cannot see the Braves going with a rotation that features Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vasquez, Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton and Jo-Jo Reyes, with Tim Hudson out until likely late in the summer. Tom Glavine is also unlikely to return even more so now that Smoltz is gone.
The Mets really need to hurry up and lock up another starting pitcher whether it be Lowe, Oliver Perez, Randy Wolf, whomever and quick because Atlanta could easily swoop in and take 2 of the guys we are currently looking at.