Possible Trade Deadline Scenarios: Part 1
The Mets have been in the middle of many rumors as we get closer to the trade deadline. Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, and Kevin Millwood, have all been connected to the Mets at some point this season.
Let's take a look at one possibility that could play out for the Mets come this trade deadline:
The Mets acquire Ted Lilly and Octavio Dotel.
It's seems as though too many teams got involved in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, and the Seattle Mariners were asking for way too much, and the Mets weren't interested. Instead, they turned their sights to Lilly, another veteran left hander. Lilly is owed $12M (Mets would only pay $6M) on the final year of his four year contact, after which he is expected to be a type A free agent. If the Mets offer him arbitration and don't re-sign him, they would get two top draft picks for him.
Lilly certainly doesn't have the talent of Lee or Oswalt, but gives the Mets what they need. They already have their ace in Johan Santana and a very solid number two in Mike Pelfrey, so Lilly will fit nicely as the number three man in the rotation.
Lilly is having a good year so far, despite his 3-7 record. He has a 3.71 ERA, 1.104 WHIP, and has only walked 22 batters on the season. The Mets shouldn't worry about him having a big first half and a poor second half because throughout his career he has been pretty even.
The addition of Lilly also improves their bullpen. Hisanori Takahashi gets pulled from the rotation to make room for Lilly, and is moved back to the bullpen, where he saw a lot of success earlier this year.
In addition to this, the Mets strengthen their bullpen even more, trading for Octavio Dotel. He signed a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for $3.25M with a club option for $4.5M ($0.5M buyout). Dotel is 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, 19 saves, 17 walks and 41 strike outs so far this season.
The move gives the Mets a much needed set-up man, something they have been struggling to find. Dotel can also come in to get some saves if the Mets need to give Francisco Rodriguez some rest.
The Mets also get a huge boost offensively, with Carlos Beltran coming off the DL to join the team for the second half of the season. There is no player that has half the ability of Beltran on the trade market right now. The Mets offense will be the most improved out of any other team in the game after the All-Star break.
So here is the Mets new 25-man roster for the second half of the season:
- Johan Santana – LHP
- Mike Pelfrey – RHP
- Ted Lilly – LHP
- Jon Niese – LHP
- R.A. Dickey – RHP
- Francisco Rodriguez – CL
- Octavio Dotel – SU
- Bobby Parnell – SU
- Pedro Feliciano – LHP
- Fernando Nieve – RHP
- Hisanori Takahashi – LHP
- Ryota Igarashi – RHP
- Jose Reyes (S) – SS
- Angel Pagan (S) – RF
- David Wright (R) – 3B
- Ike Davis (L) – 1B
- Carlos Beltran (S) – CF
- Jason Bay (R) – LF
- Rod Barajas (R) – C
- Ruben Tejada (R) – 2B
- Henry Blanco (R) – C
- Jeff Francoeur (R) – OF
- Alex Cora (L) – IF
- Chris Carter (L) – OF/1B
- Fernando Tatis (R) – OF/IF
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