On the Trade Block
Winn’s been rumored to be coming east since last June. The hapless, rebuilding Giants have little use for him, and need to get something decent in return for him now while he still has value. A move to a pennant contender could rejuvenate Winn, a fine defender with an above-average bat.
Jay Payton / Aubrey Huff
Payton would be a decent stopgap. Huff has the big bat and ideal versatility. I’d take either right now, but at what cost? Remember the Orioles are rebuilding and want prospects in return.
May Be Available
Tampa Bay Outfielder
Pick one, they have about a hundred. And they need pitching — any pitching, any size or age — which is what the Mets have to offer. Johnny Gomes?
Jason Botts / Nelson Cruz
One of these two is not making the Rangers’ roster. There’s a possibility neither make it. Both are out of options
Brandon Inge / Marcus Thames
Both strike out far too frequently. Inge’s contract is too big for a reserve, and he’s entering his down years for a hitter not on PEDs. If it’s one or the other, give me Inge and his versatility … but please don’t trade anyone other than Jorge Sosa and/or Scott Schoeneweis.
Xavier Nady / Jason Bay
Several pundits, including Ken Rosenthal, are suggesting that Xavier Nady would be a good fit back with the Mets. Yeah, no kidding. Albert Pujols and Roy Oswalt would be good fits, too, but we’re not getting them, either.
Several suitors asked for both Nady and Bay over the winter, but the Bucs didn’t deal either. Ironically, both were once the property of the Mets. The only way Nady comes back is if the Mets return Ollie Perez. Wouldn’t that be something? I don’t see the Mets trading any more of their dwindling prospects for Bay, either.
I’d love to see him in Flushing, but don’t see a match with the Cubbies, who are making a serious effort at the postseason. They’d be silly to give him away without getting someone substantial.
Plays the outfield, 1B, and catcher. However he’s already injured, so he may not be able to help.
Why do I keep hearing from people that they are “intrigued” with Lofton? He’s a leadoff batter who can hit from the left side and his main weapon is speed. The Mets need an RBI guy who hits from the right side.
Not the worst idea in the world, but don’t expect him to be the guy the Mets traded for Mike Piazza.
If he’ll come on a minor-league deal with incentives, I say grab him — for no other reason than he’s a great good luck charm.
Too late … he already retired. Funny though, how happy we’d be right now if he were in camp.
Barroid Bonds, Sammy Sosa
No thanks and no comment.
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