New York Mets: Blockbuster Trade on Tap?
Yesterday, it was quoted by COO Jeff Wilpon during the Citi-Field media tour, Omar Minaya has been working the phones with other GM's to work out trades and such.
He also mentioned the Mets do not have a budget or particular number Omar is shooting for (which I don't believe). Does this mean besides trading the likes of Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, and Luis Castillo, we could be in the midst of seeing a blockbuster trade in the works? Or is this all smoke and mirrors, and the Mets will just make some minor adjustments?
We can now count out the Javier Vazquez deal, as he is on his way to Hotlanta. There have been talks about the Rays moving either Edwin Jackson or Andy Sonnanstine, but that would require the Mets to move Ryan Church plus Heilman.
If that happened, it would almost guarantee Bobby Abreu or Raul Ibanez a spot in right field in 2009.
The Houston Astros are looking to cut some loose change from their payroll, and there have been talks around Jose Valverde and Ty Wigginton. The Mets can also take a look into Carlos Lee, who is making around $75 million over the next four years. Maybe the poorly run Astros would take a package to get his large body and salary out of Houston.
Then you have the Rockies, who would like to dish off Huston Street. The Mets would like him to set the table for the next closer they sign. The Rockies would like Heilman and Feliciano in return for Street. Maybe the Mets might end up giving up Schoeneweis instead of Feliciano. That would rid them of two headaches, and would also mean the Mets would have to get something more than just Street.
Plus, the Mets would have to fill a left-handed void in their pen.
All in all, I hope it will be a interesting couple of days at the baseball winter meetings. I'd like to see the Mets do something no one has been talking about or rumored.
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