Sure, who wouldn’t have liked for the Mets to have gotten Dan Haren for Lastings Milledge? However, don’t you think if Omar Minaya could’ve gotten more he would have? The teams he talked to about pitching weren’t interested in Milledge.
Some questioned an earlier post calling Ryan Church a “proven player.” He is, just not a proven star. What he’s given the Nationals the last two years is an average season of .271 with 16 homers and 71 RBI.
Not star material, but more than enough in the Mets’ line-up. And, don’t anybody say it was a given they would have gotten that from Milledge.
No, we don’t know what will become of Milledge, but I can’t help but wonder why the Mets, after holding tight for so long, went for this now. They didn’t get stars in return, but stability behind the plate and in right for at least the next three years.
And, considering some to the holes they’ll need to fill after his year (Moises Alou, Carlos Delgado, Orlando Hernandez and possibly Pedro Martinez) some stability couldn’t hurt.
To me it is seeing the market value for Milledge plummet and salvaging the situation.