The Mets and Oakland are supposed to meet this afternoon. Rich Harden will be a topic. So might Joe Blanton. I believe it would take three to get a deal done for them. I don’t think Milledge and Aaron Heilman will be enough.
Milledge and Heilman are fine…but I don’t like giving up another one of the young pitchers…it seems like a lot.
I guess starting pitching is needed NOW though…tough call…i think i would rather get Freddy Garcia for that price
Pass on Blanton. If you’re going to go for it with the A’s, get one of the studs: Har(d)en. I don’t give up Milledge for Blanton. No way.
The price seems high if it calls for both Milledge and Heilman. Including one of our potential studs surely goes over the top. Unless you are getting an almost assured – not potential with issues – ace. I would find it hard to pull the trigger.
The Mets didn’t lost the pennant because of pitching. The offense, especially if they can get anything consistent of Sean Green should support them.
Are you just speculating about what it would take to get Harden or do you have sources telling you what it would take?
You are looking at this too biasedly. All of a sudden Heilman is a very successful MLB pitcher and Milledge is a major league ready talent while Harden is an injury problem pitcher? From the other side, you have a major league stud in Harden versus a guy who has been pretty good (heilman) but also been bad and did blow a huge spot in the playoffs last year and Milledge who could not cut it in the majors and has a real bad attitude problem. They will want Humber or Pelfrey too and I dont blame them.
Milledge, Heilman, and Humber is (are) just too much for Harden, let alone Blanton. I think that the Mets are, and should be, committed to keeping Pelfrey and Humber for the time being.
I don’t really understand going after one of Oakland’s young arms. I haven’t heard anywhere (except this Mets rumor) that any of them are even available. It seems Billy Beane only wants to trade one of them if he is completely blown away, which means we’ll be over-paying.
We need Heilman even more next season after losing Bradford, Roberto Hernandez, Oliver, etc., with Duaner’s shoulder still on the mend, and with Mota (who hasn’t even re-signed yet) being suspended for the first 50 games.
It’s not like we have no money to spend on free agents. To me, only the poorer teams should be trading top-level prospect packages for pitching.
C’mon Omar….throw in the 6th year and get Zito signed! This team is ready to win it all.
Anonymous, Harden struggled with injuries in his throwing arm all of last season. There are a lot of injury concerns with him still.
Last season it was his elbow in his pitching arm, and in 2005 it was his shoulder in his pitching arm. That raises some red flags. He’s a young pitcher who has only been able to start 28 games the last two seasons. Compare that to 40 year old Tom Glavine, who made 65 starts over that same period.
what are you hearing about these Braves releiver trades with the Pirates and Mariners? Sounds like their bullpen is undergoing serious overhaul…..
To JB …
The Braves offered 1B Adam LaRoche to the Pirates for 2B Jose Castillo and LH reliever John Grabow. However, Atlanta wants LHP Paul Maholm instead.
That’s the snag. The deal isn’t quite dead. A Pirates source said ``it’s on life support.’’
Don’t have any Seattle particulars, yet.
To Greg W …
Can’t say I agree with you. Heilman and Milledge isn’t too steep. For the A’s it isn’t enough. If you’re going to get Harden, you have to give up pitching in return.
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