Trade with the White Sox
Calm down, it didn’t happen yet (if ever). And I’m certain MetsBlog would have scooped me if a deal went down.
However, it does seem that everybody’s waiting for Omar and Kenny Williams to make a deal. It ain’t happening — unless the ChiSox are willing to give away Jose Contreras for a spread of non-prospects (likely not).
Many MetsTodays visitors — and I — would love to see Javier Vazquez returning to New York (albeit to Flushing). However, since Williams just signed Mark Buehrle to a contract, it’s pretty clear Chicago plans to be in the hunt for at least the next few years. That said, why would they deal Vazquez, to whom they awarded a three-year extension this past March? Or for that matter, why trade Contreras — as has been suggested — when he is under control through 2009 for a cost below market value? Unless, of course, you think he’s washed up — in which case, do you want to gamble on a change to the NL being a boon for him?
There’s something to that idea — certainly the weaker-hitting league helped rejuvenate El Duque’s career. Speaking of, El Duque and Contreras are very similar pitchers, though Contreras tends to rely more on a splitfinger than the curve. Would it be beneficial for the Mets to add another junkballing starter to the staff? Maybe — but only if Jorge Sosa were ticketed to middle relief duty, Sosa has made very clear that he is uncomfortable in the bullpen.
The Mets’ terrible hitting of late has been the impetus for forecasts of Jermaine Dye coming to Shea. Not likely — not with Lastings Milledge suddenly tearing the cover off the ball and Dye hitting .230 AND limping on a bad quad. Though, reports are that Dye just went 3-for-6, is hitting homeruns, and his quad is completely healed. Funny how all that positive spin comes about two weeks before the trading deadline (I wonder if Kenny Williams just bought a Rolex for someone in his PR department?).
If the Mets make a deal, it more likely will be for an arm, and ideally a potential setup reliever. Someone like Octavio Dotel, Salomon Torres, or David Weathers would be nice, and perhaps not too expensive.
Speaking of cheap relievers, what ever happened to Scott Strickland? He was released by San Diego in late May after going 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings for AAA Portland in the hitter-friendly PCL. The Padres dropped him before having to pay him an MLB salary to toil in the minors. He might have been a nice minor league pickup two months ago, but if he hasn’t pitched since mid-May then he’s probably a real long shot at this point.
Will the Mets make a deal? Probably, but how impactful it is remains to be seen. I’m betting on Omar to make one of those under-the-radar moves, such as he did last year to steal Guillermo Mota. We sure could use Mota circa September 2006 right now.