Carl Crawford is one of the best outfielders in the game of baseball. He is a perennial all-star and always atop in the steals category. He plays tremendous defense in left field for the Tampa Bay Rays and will be able to play solid defense at any of the other outfield spots. The Mets look like they have a set and loaded outfield, with Jason Bay in left field, Carlos Beltran in center field and a platoon of Angel Pagan and Jeff Francouer in right field. So where does Carl Crawford fit into this outfield scenario?
Crawford is such a difference maker that the Mets need to get him. Not only will he make a difference defensively and offensively but possibly in the pitching staff. If the Mets were to sign him they would be left with two realistic options. Beltran will be entering into the final year of his contract in the 2011 offseason; with that being the case the Mets could try to trade Beltran. There should be a list of teams that would have interest in acquiring Carlos so the Mets should have a choice of teams to deal with. The San Francisco Giants would be the main team that the metropolitans should open communications with. They should first ask about young stud pitcher Matt Cain, maybe make an offer Beltran and Brad Holt for Cain and a Juan Uribe type player. Barry Zito is another pitcher they could inquire on, in this scenario the trade should look like this Barry Zito and an outfield prospect for Beltran. The team that the Mets send an offer to is key because Beltran has a no trade clause in his contract and will have to waive the clause in order to be traded.
On the other hand the Mets could also trade Angel Pagan. Pagan’s stock has never been higher then it is now and hopefully will only increase by the off season. Now the pitcher I think the Mets should go far might be a bit of an extreme move but it is possible. There have been reports that the Royals are listening to offers for any of their players, so why not try to trade for the 2009 CY Young award winner Zack Grienke. Obviously this could not be a Pagan for Grienke trade straight up, but if the Mets are aggressive enough and willing to part with top prospects they would have a chance to make the deal of the winter. This trade would look something like this, Pagan, Mejia, Fernando Martinez, and either Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada for Grienke. I know that this might be unlikely but this is a package that the Royals will definitely have to consider.
Signing Carl Crawford is a move the Mets could make this off season that will really increase ticket sales and help the Mets in all aspects of the game. Whoever the general manager is this off season for the Mets ought to consider offering a contract to Crawford and make their best effort to sign him.
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