Past, Present, Future: Talking Free Agents and Trades With MLB Trade Rumors

Metszilla.comCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06:  Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 6, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As the losses pile up an the Mets roster gets a Triple-A makeover, fingers point, frustration builds, and questions are asked.  Will Jerry be here next season?  Will Omar go?  Who is the real Jason Bay?  What’s going to happen with K-Rod?  The list goes on and every fan you talk to likely has one of their own to add.  Perhaps the question that looms largest is the one that is the most direct “WHEN WILL IT GET BETTER?”

I’m not sure anyone knows that answer but there are no shortage of suggestions floating around.  The team has a nice crop of youngsters on display as the season winds down and hopefully the framework for future becomes even more clear as the year progresses.  As much as I hope the team can do as much as possible from within, it’s still pretty obvious that some outside help will be needed if things are going to get better sooner than later.  We got in touch with Ben Nicholson-Smith from MLB Trade a little while back and asked him some questions (via a phone interview) about the upcoming free agent class to see where the aid outside of Queens might come from.  Ben started covering baseball transactions for MLBTR in 2008 and has since written nearly 2,000 posts for the site.  We highly recommend checking his work out and hope you enjoy his chat with

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Before we can get into the future, we wanted to turn back the clock to this year’s deadline.  Were you at all surprised as how quiet the Mets were at the deadline?

Ben Nicholson-Smith (MLBTR):

I definitely was.  I think that leading up to the deadline we heard them as a team that could go after a Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee type.  Ultimately we kinda lowered our expectations and thought maybe a Brett Myers type, an innings eater. But they went out and basically did nothing as far as starting pitching and the bullpen was another area we heard they were rumored to go after guys like Scott Downs, than that didn’t happen. And ultimately they ended up being pretty quiet and at this point their not really in it, so maybe that was a good decision not to be overly aggressive and give up the farm for somebody but what if they had gone out and gotten Cliff Lee they might be in a different position right now anyways.

Given the fact that this team possesses so many ‘unmovable contracts’, do you anticipate or have you heard any rumblings of any offseason trades?


You hear the speculation whether or not they can move Castillo whether or not they can move Beltran. That’s something that you kinda wonder about and I’m not really sure how realistic that is. They probably...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: