I am aware of Danny Haren. The Mets made inquiries about him, Rich Harden and Joe Blanton, but so far have been rebuffed by A’s GM Billy Beane.
“We’re talking. Nothing is imminent with anybody,’’ Beane told me today after the Rule 5 draft.
Harden does have an injury history, but the current reports on him are clean. That history is a red flag, but he also has more of an upside than Haren or Blanton.
GM Omar Minaya said he has no untouchables, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t those he would prefer to keep. Phil Humber and Mike Pelfrey are among them. However, it would cost Humber to get Harden. But, maybe not for the other two.
That doesn’t mean Beane won’t ask.
You have to look at both sides, and looking at it from the Oakland perspective, is 1) it will lose Barry Zito and will need to replace him in the rotation; 2) all three of the pitchers the Mets are looking at are young, good and don’t make a lot of money.
Given that, there’s no compelling reason for Beane to want to trade any of them unless he gets what he wants in return. He has the leverage here and can command what he wants. It is the Mets who have to budge.