Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (as of this month no longer of Sports Illustrated) tweeted on Thursday:
Sources tell Blogging Mets that is just not true, as far as the Mets interest is concerned. And I will go against journalistic tradition and reveal my source — common sense.
Theriot made $3.3 million in 2011 and will likely get upwards of $4 million in arbitration for 2012. That is far too much for a player like Theriot, which is why the Cardinals non-tendered him.
Why in the world would the Mets pay $4 million for a second baseman/shortstop when they have several players who can fill that role with similar abilities for far less money? It’s not that Theriot is bad; he is perfectly adequate, but not for a team with purse strings as tight as the Mets.
If the Mets were going to spend another $4 million, I think they would go out and get another pitcher for the starting rotation, which could be the weakest part of the team next season.
It’s a wonder why Heyman wouldn’t consider that before sending off his tweet. Perhaps that’s why Sports Illustrated fired him (unless he made the brilliant decision to quit the most respected name in sports to slum it for CBS).