Heilman for Street? Ha!
Joel Sherman’s latest claim is that the Mets offered Aaron Heilman to the Rockies in return for Huston Street, and then refused to make the deal when Colorado insisted on the addition of Pedro Feliciano.
This is so laughable on so many levels I don’t know where to start.
First of all, if the Mets thought another team would think so highly of Aaron Heilman, why didn’t they offer him straight up for Matt Holliday? After all, that’s basically what they were telling the Rockies — since Street was the centerpiece of the Holliday deal with the Athletics. If I was Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd, and Omar Minaya proposed Heilman for Street right after I obtained Street for my franchise player, I’d not only tell Omar to stick it, I’d never take another call from him. Yes, I understand that other players were sent to the Rockies, but Street is the guy who has the most value at this moment.
Even sillier is the idea that the Mets would balk at adding Feliciano to such an unrealistic deal. Are you kidding me? Last I checked, there were about a dozen LOOGYs available on the free-agent market, for cheap, who can do what Pedro Lite does.
While it’s true that Huston Street’s stock has plummeted somewhat, he’s still a 24-year-old with almost 100 big-league saves. No one gives away that type of asset for two middle relievers entering their 30s and coming off their worst seasons. Remember what the Mets received in return for the Turk Wendell / Dennis Cook package? Exactly.
Now, if the Mets offered Heilman plus Jon Niese plus another youngster, I might believe it. Or if they offered Heilman and Ryan Church, I’d consider it realistic.
Personally, you know I think Heilman is much better than what he showed in 2008. But his current street value is nowhere near what Sherman is suggesting.
That’s not to say Bedard can’t come back — but the Mets are already paying Billy Wagner to rehab his elbow. Are they willing to shell out money for someone like Bedard, who may or may not pitch in ’09?
I think it depends on the price. If I’m the Mets, I’d gamble on Bedard as well as Ben Sheets — while still acquiring able-bodied options — but history has shown that they’re not likely to sign impact players with questionable health from OUTSIDE the organization. (Mo Vaughn the one exception)
Now, if Bedard or Sheets were property of the Mets, I’d see them getting locked up with three-year deals, under the “Moises-El Duque” plan.