Outfield Options

On the Trade Block

Randy Winn

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.

Keep Dreaming

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.

Matt Murton

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.

Scrap Heap

Craig Wilson

Plays the outfield, 1B, and catcher. However he’s already injured, so he may not be able to help.

Kenny Lofton

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.

Preston Wilson

Not the worst idea in the world, but don’t expect him to be the guy the Mets traded for Mike Piazza.

Reggie Sanders

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.

Shawn Green

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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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Coop March 8, 2008 at 11:44 am
    Hey Joeee…..where you goin with that pen in your hand…OK OK I’m done. Anyway just wanted to let you know that I have tagged you as “blog legend” on My Summer Family – check out the pics from Lucie. And I agree – nady / bay would be great fits…but then again, so would Johan…oh wait. Just kidding. We may have fleeced the Bucs in 2006 for Pea but now, think along the lines of middle relievers, which we kinda need. Maybe Heilman can start for them.
  2. isuzudude March 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    I can’t post the link beause you need a username and password to access the page, but the LA Times is reporting the Angels may make Juan Rivera available in trade talks. Good right hand bat who plays corner OF. Not sure how reliable his defense is, though, and he has no experience playing 1B. Just another name to add to the list, I suppose.
  3. sincekindergarten March 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    I saw something yesterday, maybe on MLB Trade Rumors, to the effect that the Tigers said to Omar, “Replace Sosa with Heilman and then we can talk about Marcus Thames.” So, that isn’t getting done. Heilman is untouchable, at least until we see what we have in Wise, Stokes, and Register (one of the last two, if not both of them, who will go back to their team because of the Rule 5 draft rules).
  4. joe March 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    FYI I believe Stokes was a free agent. SK, you missed the “Tigers Want Heilman” post over here ?? Caused a bit of a ruckus.

    Hey Coop … no one ever called me a “legend” before, thanks! Great pix, too!

    You HAD to get the Heilman as starter thing back on the table, did you? I was finally giving up on that obsession …