According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, The Mets will rule out any big time player which includes Manny Ramirez. The Mets are trying to fill the last pieces of the puzzle by acquiring a left hander in the bullpen (minor league deal). The Mets would also like to acquire a right handed bat for bench, perhaps a spring training trade.
The Mets will most likely rule out a return of Pedro Martinez, now that Oliver Perez is signed.
The Mets will have the same payroll as last year which will be around $143 Million, said Jeff Wilpon. It does not take a whole lot to figure that Bernie Maddoff's scandal had to play a role in how much they were going to spend.
Here is a quote from Scott Boris on Manny's flirtation to the Mets:
"You're always going to get the call because it's just good business to 'walk the dog' in each situation. Those calls often bring about further discussion, and sometimes they don't. I think the thing about the Mets is that bullpen, starting pitching is what they felt they had to address. And the focus of our discussions had been in those areas for the last five or six weeks. Now that that's completed, as to where they go and what they do, we're certainly open to the discussions."
Looks like we are going to see Murphy and Tatis in left field, but it would of been nice to see number 24 in the lineup.