Mets and Yankees Lose Out on Potential Free Agent Additions

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Xavier Nady #22 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout during the opening day game against the Cleveland Indians during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Both New York baseball teams lost out of adding a pair of free agents they had been pursuing. Each one could have devastating effects to their rosters.

The New York Mets need to add a starting pitcher. They know it. The fans know it. The organization has been public about there attempts to add to their starting rotation. John Lackey seemed to be their top target, but he quickly signed with the Boston Red Sox. Lately, they had been very interested in signing Ben Sheets. Many fans, including myself felt it was basically a must that the Mets sign him. Unfortunately, for Mets fans, Sheets signed a one year deal with the A's today. The deal will pay Sheets $10 million plus performance bonuses. That is quite a deal for a guy that missed all of last season while recovering from arm surgery. It's unlikely the Mets offered anywhere near $10 million.

Another option on the free agent market was Jon Garland. He is now off the market as well. Garland signed a deal with the San Diego Padres today that is for one year with an option for a second.

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