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Mets have not made offers to Young, Francis

Despite media reports to the contrary, the Mets have not yet extended contract offers to free agent pitchers Chris Young or Jeff Francis, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. But the team remains in talks with both players.

Young, 31, missed nearly all of last season with a shoulder injury, his third significant injury since 2008. But he was a successful starter for the Rangers and Padres earlier last decade, winning 32 games from 2005-07.
Francis, 29, has endured similar arm troubles in recent years, though not to the extent of Young. A former standout prospect for the Rockies, Francis went 17-9 for Colorado in 2007, compiling 215 1/3 innings and striking out 165 batters.
–Anthony DiComo

Rockies mulling Olivo option

Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said he will take until Thursday’s deadline before deciding whether to pick up catcher Miguel Olivo’s $2.5 million option for 2011. Even if he decides, the Rockies still have to determine whether Olivo, Chris Iannetta or a combination of both are solid enough to handle catching duties. Do the Rockies seek a trade or free agency? That’s one of this winter’s big questions.

The Rockies will not pick up left-hander Jeff Francis’ $7 million option for 2011. Three years of shoulder problems makes it too risky, but O’Dowd says he wants Francis back.

It should be an interesting free agency season. The big question is whether the Rockies can retain lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who could have numerous bidders.


My thoughts? If the bidders stay in the three-year range, the Rockies can compete. If someone goes overboard on years, the Rockies will wish him well.


— Thomas Harding