If the Mets are to get White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle they must step up quickly because: a) Chicago is itching to deal after a lost weekend to the Cubs, and b) the competition will intensify and with it the asking price increase closer to the trade deadline.
Sox GM Ken Williams sure sounds like a man wanting to talk trade: “Change needs to happen and change is going to happen. When that happens, I don’t know.”
The Red Sox appear to be front-runners, and with Curt Schilling hurting, they could force the issue. Given that, the Mets can’t afford to sit back and read the market as they did over the winter. They must set the market.
The White Sox aren’t negotiating with free agent-to-be Buehrle. If the Mets want him they not only have to be prepared to give up players, but ready to sign Buehrle to an extension. If Chicago won’t offer a negotiating window, the Mets must pass because they don’t have the depth to make this a rental.
Should the Mets go for it now or wait? The clock is ticking.