LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The New York Mets made their first pitch to Barry Zito and might need to throw big bucks on the table to land him.
Mets executives met Monday night with Zito’s agent, Scott Boras, known for driving a hard bargain. There figures to be plenty of competition for the ace left-hander, a free agent after going 16-10 with a 3.83 ERA for Oakland this year.
The Texas Rangers, desperate for pitching, met with Zito and Boras last week, and there was speculation Monday that they had offered the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner a little more than $100 million over six years. The Chicago Cubs also are thought to be interested.
● Starting pitcher Vicente Padilla and the Rangers reached a preliminary agreement on a $33 million, three-year contract Monday night.
The deal contains an option for 2010 and is subject to a physical.
GLENDALE – Patrick Fischer, Oleg Saprykin and Yanic Perreault all scored as Phoenix beat Nashville 3-2.
In other games, Boston beat Montreal 6-5, Dallas shut out San Jose 1-0, and Edmonton blanked Vancouver 4-0.
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush had 13 points each, and 12th-ranked Kansas rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 72-62 victory over Southern California on Monday night.
No. 13 Washington 87, S. Utah 72: At Seattle, deposed starter Ryan Appleby scored a career-high 24 points, and heralded freshman Spencer Hawes added a season-high 21 for Washington.
In other top 25 games, No. 11 Wisconsin held off Winthrop 82-79 in overtime, and No. 16 Memphis beat Marshall 78-59.