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The New York Mets were one of the teams who lost out during the Daisuke Matsuzaka sweepstakes of 2006. They could look to make up for their miss this offseason.
While it's likely the Mets will express some interest in Daisuke, they provide a wild card aspect to trade negotiations, in the sense that their organization is hanging in a state of limbo, with no manager, GM, or apparent direction.
It's impossible to predict in what direction the Mets will go this offseason; they might not even know themselves at this point.
A player who could be of significant interest to the Red Sox is current Mets third baseman David Wright. With the potential departure of Adrian Beltre looming, the Red Sox will need to find a corner infielder to fill Beltre's void.
The Mets could also be in need of a closer, with the legal status of Francisco Rodriguez still very much up in the air. The Red Sox happen to have a closer with a ballooning salary and ERA in Jonathan Papelbon, who is likely entering his last year in Boston regardless of whether he gets traded.
He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2012, and all signs point to the Sox not wanting to pay him.
The Red Sox also have Daniel Bard waiting in the wings, making Papelbon expendable. It's possible that the Mets could work out a package deal involving Wright for Daisuke and Papelbon.
Yet David Wright is one of the best third baseman in the game, and fans should expect him to stay a Met until further notice. The Mets haven't given any indication that they would be looking to trade him, even if a trade might make some sense on their end.
Another possible deal could send often injured outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Red Sox. The Red Sox outfield in 2010 was plagued with inconsistency, and despite his injury problems, Beltran possesses loads of talent.
However, the Red Sox have balked in the past at a chance to acquire Beltran, and it appears as if they are not seriously interested in him. Like Murphy, Beltran would join the already cluttered ranks of the 2011 Boston outfield.
The Mets have far more to offer the Red Sox on the minor league level. Prospects like OF Fernando Martinez, INF Ruben Tejada, and RHP Jenrry Mejia could all be potential interest targets for the Sox.
All three have been involved in trade rumors, and could be components to a deal for Daisuke.
Fernando Martinez appeared in seven games for the Mets this year and 75 games in the minors this year. He batted just .254 in 303 plate appearances in the minors, and .167 in 22 plate appearances in the majors. Martinez has been hampered by injuries throughout his short career and 2010 was no different; he suffered both back and knee injuries throughout the course of the season.
Mejia appeared in 33 games for the Mets this year before being shut down with a rotator cuff strain. He posted a 4.62 ERA and 1.69 WHIP, and was 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three appearances as a starter.
Tejada appeared in 78 games for the Mets this year, but managed just a .213 batting average and .588 OPS in 255 plate appearances. With the future of the Red Sox shortstop position very much in the air, Tejada could end up being a viable candidate for the job.
The under performance and injury history of the trio could significantly dampen their value in the trade market, making them easy to acquire in a deal for Matsuzaka.