Almost everyone suspects that the Mets have been the frontrunners all along for aquiring Zito's services, it really comes down to dollars and sense. It's a big cat and mouse game between the Mets and Boras about how much to pay Zito.
First we heard Zito was uber-interested in playing for the Mets and reuniting with his old pitching coach Rick Peterson. Advantage: Mets
Then we heard Texas would get involved in the derby, with Tom Hicks and his deep pockets firmly in pursuit of Barry. Advantage: Boras
Contracts begin being signed by lesser free agents for ridiculous dollar amounts. Advantage: Boras
Tom Glavine re-signs with the Mets, lessening the Mets desperation. Advantage: Mets
Zito and Boras meet with the Rangers in Texas. Advantage: Boras
Jeff Suppan, the Mets fall-back option, signs with Milwaukee. Advantage: Boras
The Yankees look to trade Randy Johnson, and it's speculated that successfully moving him would put them in the Zito sweepstakes. Advantage: Boras.
Texas lets it be known that if they don't come to an agreement with Zito this weekend, they'll move on to pursue other options. Advantage: Mets?
We fans are just caught in the balance!