Posted by Mack Ade at 10:18 AM
Hey Mack. I was one of your subscribers and just wanted to say once again how sorry I was about the site being taken down. Anyway, the possibility of the Mets securing a great prospect via trade for any of their three main trade chips (Reyes, Beltran, K-Rod) seems highly unlikely. They're all half year rentals and all have different issues as far as future signability, age, vesting options, current salary, etc. However, how about, instead of just a straight salary dump (which I'm extremely frightened of), they actually try packaging some of them together, while still paying some salary, in order to grab one of the top 15 prospects in the minors. A Reyes and Beltran swap for Mike Trout or Jesus Montero works for me. Unless of course, we are able to resign Reyes which is my hope, but my gut says keep dreaming. I just don’t see us getting great value for any one player and the thought of getting nothing in terms of quality is sickening. The Wilpons saving ten million doesn't wet my whistle, that’s for sure. Your thoughts?
IMO, the chances of any two of these three guys being packaged together are nil. These are separate issues with separate baggage.
Regarding Carlos Beltran, he offers the least return. He also has a clause in his current contract that the club agreed to not offer arbitration after 2011 season. No supplemental picks mean definite trade and there will be a decent amount of interest for him, even as a rental, as long as he stays healthy and keeps hitting. With the Mets luck, or lack of it, they need to get these trades done early. The secret here is getting at least two clubs thinking the other club is offering more than they are. The quality of the player in this deal will prove the ability of Sandy Alderson at this game. I know the Yankees would kill for Carlos for, at least, the rest of the season, and they have three prime catching prospects as well as Russell Martin on their team. Montero is a definite possibility if the “Jews and the Palestinians” are willing to trade with each other.
Regarding K-Rod, the key here is if he waives the games finished clause. Reports are he will. That also means he wants to be traded where there’s a future for him. Rodriguez is still a young man and one of the best closers in the business. Alderson could get two prime prospects here if he finds a team that is willing to make Frankie a long-term deal from the get-go.
Regarding Jose, I just can’t see the Mets trading him during the 2011 season. I know, it’s a business, but the fans will never forgive the Wilpon family if he doesn’t go out as a real free agent. The Mets will offer him arbitration and settle for two prime picks in the 2012 draft. It’s not as deep as the 2011 draft, but every draft has at least 50 quality players and the Mets could wind up with three of them with these two picks.
(I can’t fucking believe I’m writing about a small-market team now.)