This is sort of exciting: Buster Olney talking about Jake Peavy, Matt Cain, and Zach Greinke being available. Any of them would be a GREAT fit behind Johan in our rotation. And would allow us to let Ollie walk without losing any ground in our rotation. Peavy in particular would make a Tyson-in-his-prime 1-2 punch following SantyClaus.
Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors speculates on packages that would be needed, comes up with Haren and Bedard as comparative deals (for Peavy and Greinke).
Everyone says the Mets cleaned out the system to land Santana, and in many respects they did. But the difference between this season and last is this year we have guys on the 25-man roster that we’re willing to let go.
#1, Aaron Heilman. Last offseason he was out #2 man in the pen. He had a down year, but young and cheap and very good in the 8th inning. This year, please. He better not show up anywhere near CitiField unless he’s wearing an opponents jersey.
But he’s still youngish and relatively cheap and potentially very good… outside of NY.
We also have Evans and Murphy. Probably less as trade commodities, but more like homegrown we’re comfortable with and therefore more willing to let, say, Fernando Martinez go.
So. I don’t know if we have 6 prospects for a deal like Oakland got for Haren, but …
Heilman, F. Martinez, Niese or Parnall, Castillo (+cash) should be able to land us something. Maybe we need another lesser prospect or two, but we should get the phone ringing with that. Heilman, F. Mart, and Niese or Parnall. A Sanchez or Schoeny — call him Schoeny if you’re trying to trade him — have use outside of NY also.
And if we can get Peavy or Cain, Mets fans are willing to do that. Heilman is dead to us and we’ll do two prospects for an established-but-still-young player… easy.
Just like last season, anyone except Wright, Reyes, Beltran, Johan, Pelfrey … and I guess Maine is yours for a stud starter.
The Padres and San Fran in particular should be interested in FMart’s offensive upside. And they need both the bat and the position. Heilman could be a starter or reliever and be very good in a low key west coast environment. Plus a decent pitching prospect. Plus some dressing on the side. Castillo, for example, wouldn’t be horrible for either team.
On our side, it’s easy. We get a #2 starter, and have 4 slots locked in for the rotation. And we can use Ollie’s money to help with the bullpen. Or with signing a bat for the OF, (which would be more of a priority after dealing FMart etc.).
And we’re not giving them crap.
This could be the start of something interesting ….