But that’s not to say the 36-year-old Piazza is ready to stop playing after 2005 or that he’s even finished as a Met.
Logic says the Mets will allow Piazza to move on, but that could change if ownership sensed the Yankees were encroaching. It’s not impossible: The Bombers will be looking for a right-handed power hitter and as creaky as Piazza has looked at times, one National League scout recently said: “Piazza still has the ability to catch up to a fastball. That much, I’d say he’s still got.”
Piazza in the Bronx? He just smiled at the revolutionary thought, which isn’t to say he is or isn’t interested. All Piazza tells you is that he’s “curious” to see how the winter plays out.
“I know it’s a sensitive subject, but I’m not even close to making up my mind,” he said. “I mean, so much can happen, and I have no idea if the Mets are interested or if other teams are. In a way it’s exciting because I’ve never been a free agent.”
Every year, for five years in a row, Piazza’s offensive productivity has gone down. He’ll be 37-years-old next year. If it’s true that “The Bombers will be looking for a right-handed power hitter” please let it be someone other than Mike Piazza.