Jermaine Dye to the Mets?

These Mets – White Sox rumors are only getting hotter. Now it’s reported that the White Sox are looking to trade outfielder Jermaine Dye, and have been specifically scouting Mets prospects Bobby Parnell and Eddie Kunz in the Arizona Fall League.

From Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune:

Tuesday night, several Sox officials watched Mets pitching prospects Bobby Parnell and Eddie Kunz pitch for the Peoria Saguaros in the AFL. Two scouts believed Parnell, 24, was too valuable for the Mets to deal and believed Kunz, a projected closer, needed more seasoning in the minors.

Parnell and Kunz, 22, have sinking fastballs that Williams seeks to neutralize hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.

Strangely enough, the idea of the Mets dealing for Javy Vazquez was squashed:

Regarding Javier Vazquez, one scout doubted any talks involving him and the New York Mets would crystallize until the Mets resolve their closer issues.

Not sure why a scout would say such a thing. Yes the Mets are desperate for a closer, but they’re more desperate to fill two huge holes in their starting rotation. The ninth inning means very little if you don’t have anyone to get through the first five or six frames.

I like Dye, he’s coming off an excellent season, and he’d fit nicely between Beltran and Delgado or Delgado and Church in the lineup, but he’s going to be 35 in January. Aren’t the Mets trying to get younger? If the cost is both Kunz and Parnell, then it’s a fair deal for both sides, but the possibility of trading for a strong closer becomes more difficult. I wouldn’t think twice about trading two unproven minor leaguers for a bonafide all-star, except that Ken Williams has been remarkably successful in acquiring and trading young arms in recent years. Has he been lucky, or is his scouting staff that good at assessing and projecting pitching talent?

In any case, I wonder if Omar Minaya and Kenny Williams will indeed pull off a blockbuster as suggested yesterday, or if this could be reminiscent of the 2005-2006 offseason, when the Mets made two separate deals with the Marlins to acquire Carlos Delgado and Paul LoDuca. One way or another, it appears as if these two GMs are talking, and could be trade partners before the winter solstice.

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  1. Micalpalyn November 13, 2008 at 11:04 am

    1. Joe: You state the ‘ Mets are most desperate for a closer’. consider the statement made about the braves in context of the Peavy trade and my input is that teams want to trade NOW, to fill needs and THEN go into the FA market. IF omar nets Jenks/Vaz and Dye thats 2 out of three needs. Yes I see a 6-8 player deal. I love Bob Parnell but I think Brad Holt could be the nxt Matt Lindstrom. I also think Parnall should start but right now he would go to the pen. I am not high on Kunz.

    Age: Omar and NY in general like mature players. I see Jenks as the prototype Omar would want. Plus Dye is pretty much a salary dump. At 35 Williams feels he has gotten all he can get. Omar just wants 1-2 good yrs. Note Dye replaces Alou in LF so there is a gain of 5 yrs. I am interested in who would comprise the final proposal. .

  2. joe November 13, 2008 at 11:29 am
    Well Kunz shat the bed last night in front of the Chicago scouts so that may dampen their enthusiasm. Williams may want to shed some salary but trading Dye cannot be termed a “salary dump”. The guy has hit more homers than anyone else in the AL over the past three years, and coming off a great season. Having that kind of bat for two years at $23M is a bargain … heck, he’s making the same as Eric Byrnes.

    I smell something fishy about Williams shopping Jenks. Why is he so eager to deal a 27-year-old with a 98-MPH fastball and proven closing experience?