A's Too Swift, Jays Too Smart To Deal With Mets
Roy Halliday and Matt Holliday's names have been bandied about as prospective players that could end up becoming New York Mets before the trading deadline.
Well, the mystery is half-over. Holliday was dealt from Oakland to St. Louis this afternoon for prospects. The Mets had thought about going for him, but chose to hold onto outfielder Fernando Martinez instead.
Personally, I see nothing in Martinez's future here in NY. I've seen him play, and quite frankly, he's either years away or simply just not that good. Unless he goes in a deal for Halliday or another big chip, this kid will be just another mediocre outfielder produced by the Mets' hapless farm system.
That is, if Toronto is even considering accepting Martinez in a deal. He would have to be accompanied by about three other prospects in order for J.P. Ricciardi to even answer the phone.
Holliday could have helped the Mets, but his non-Coors Field power numbers scared them away. Citi Field has become the new leveling force against NL power hitters and the Mets are finally realizing they need to tailor their team around their ballpark.
Either way, the Mets were beaten to the punch on Holliday by the St.Louis Cardinals—an organization that is not afraid to pull the trigger. The A's have a symbiotic relationship with the Cards, so the Mets had virtually no chance of obtaining Holliday anyway.
That is no indictment on GM Omar Minaya. He would make these trades if he could. It is upper management who is balking as they is seek to minimize their overhead during this dismal and disappointing season.
Halliday could still end up a Met should he become a free agent in 2011, but that seems unlikely. Whoever trades for him will do so with intentions of making a long-term commitment.
This may all be moot. With hardly any high-level, trade-able prospects in the pipeline, the Mets are hamstrung in trade negotiations. They may end up offering Carlos Beltran and eating salary in order to attract attention in the market.
..and he's still hurt....