Trade with the Yankees?
Trades between the Mets and Yankees don’t happen too often; the last ones were the export of Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia (ouch) and before then, Armando Benitez for Anderson Garcia and Jason Anderson (ho hum).
This spring, it appears that the Mets have some players the Yankees could use, and vice-versa.
In particular, the Mets have a LOOGY named Scott Schoeneweis available, and the Yankees’ best candidates for lefthanded relief roles are Kei Igawa and Billy Traber. So for those of you wondering who would possibly interested in The Show, you need only look across town. Unless, of course, you think either Igawa or Traber are better options for the Bronx Bombers.
On the other hand, the Yankees have about fourteen people trying out for first base — and the Mets can use a backup first sacker. OK, maybe not 14, but it sure seems that way. Specifically, Morgan Ensberg has looked good, and I’m not sure he’s going to make the Yanks’ 25-man roster. Ensberg might be nice insurance behind Carlos Delgado, and he’s a strong veteran bat off the bench. Although his best days are gone, Ensberg still does a nice job of taking pitches and has occasional pop. And what would you expect to get in return for Scott Schoeneweis, anyway?
The Yankees also have Jason Lane in camp. Lane is another RH hitter who can play all three outfield positions, and has played a bit of first base. Personally, I prefer Ensberg, but Lane’s versatility is valuable.
For those paying attention, I had zero interest in either of these former Astros over the winter. However, with the questions swirling around Delgado and Alou, coupled with the need to dump Schoeneweis on someone, I wouldn’t mind either of them coming to Shea.