According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports , the Mets are talking to the Royals about a trade that could involve Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, and Jeff Francoeur, as well as Gil Meche, Kyle Farnsworth, and Jose Guillen.
Perez has another year and $12 million left on his contract, Castillo has one year and $6 million, and Francoeur is arbitration eligible after the season. Meche has one year and $12 million on his contract, Guillen is a free agent after this season, and Farnsworth has a club option worth $5.25 million with a $0.5 million buyout.
The Mets would clearly be winners in this deal, which is essentially a swap of each team’s troubled players. Meche is better than Perez and makes the same amount. The Mets would also be freeing up about at least $12 million on payroll for next season.
Not that the players they are getting are back are any prizes. After a successful first season in Kansas in 2007, Meche has failed to live up to expectations and worse has landed on the DL with a shoulder injury which he might never fully recover from. Guillen is having a good season and will probably contribute, but Farnsworth’s good first half just makes me think that he’s overdue for failure.
It is important to point out that Rosenthal was careful to point out that this was not necessarily a three-for-three deal, but that these were among the names being discussed.
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