BY MICHAEL GANCI
Can you picture the scenario? The season is about half way gone by. The Mets are 45-36. They trail the Phillies by two games in the NL East. The Athletics have already proven that they are tanking in the AL West, and they have no shot. They have made it clearly known that Matt Holliday is available.
The Mets need that power right handed bat. Could he potentially end up in Queens? The scenario, although unlikely, could happen.
Holliday is on a contract year, which makes me a bit weary of the situation. I have never been a big advocate for acquiring a player on a contract year just for one run for the World Series. Did you see what happened last year when the Angels acquired Mark Teixeira?
They didn’t go deep into the playoffs, and he played them like a flute in free agency before flocking over to the Bronx on the monstrous contract that we all expected him to get. I do not want the Mets to be had like that.
Also, you would expect the Athletics to have a huge price on the slugger. I would expect that it would take a stud pitcher, a young MLB-ready outfielder and maybe another prospect to get the deal done.
So that probably means that Brad Holt and Fernando Martinez would be their starting request, which is something I truly hope the Mets aren’t willing to consider. The guy is a very good player, but his numbers are notoriously better at Coors Field than anywhere else. I do not think he is worth sacrifices the two blue chips of the farm.
Now, what if Holliday came with a guaranteed extension? To be honest, I am still not in love with the idea. I am a much bigger fan of a current Red Sox outfielder who will be hitting the market after the 2009 season, Jason Bay.
Bay has excelled in Boston and in Pittsburgh, and he is one of the most under appreciated hitters in the game.
My wish is that in October, the Mets will be putting a new Bay in Citi Field. We will have to wait and see.