With their prospects of keeping Carl Pavano diminishing rapidly, the Marlins have submitted a one-year offer to a familiar name from the club’s past — veteran pitcher Al Leiter.
The Marlins are believed to have offered Leiter a contract in the $7 million range and, according to a report in The Newark Star-Ledger, have spoken to the pitcher about eventually assuming duties as a television broadcaster following his retirement.
If the broadcasting gig is the dealmaker/breaker in this instance, surely the Mets can match? While Al’s postseason work for Fox has been less than spectacular, is there a Mets fan alive who wouldn’t prefer to hear him behind the mic than Fran Healy or Tom Seaver? Granted, play-by-play isn’t on Leiter’s resume, but he’d still represent an improvement, however slight, on the current TV crew.