Here’s why Omar Minaya pulled the trigger on Lastings Milledge:
1) Milledge’s value has declined. You’ll read quotes from Minaya saying Milledge’s value stayed the same and it could improve down the road, but that’s blowing smoke. He’s not going to say otherwise. Minaya said he called the teams he’d been talking to about pitching, but Milledge drew a yawn. Kind of tells you a lot, doesn’t it?
Ask yourself this, if the Mets turned down dealing Milledge to Boston for Manny Ramirez a few years ago, and Oakland last winter for any of its three starters (Rich Harden, Dan Haren or Joe Blanton), then why would they settle for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church?
Answer: Because Milledge’s value dropped.Ã‚Â Minaya went out of his way to praise Milledge, but one got the sense he thought this was it for him. With another so-so year, what’s his value down the road?
2) Brian Schneider upgrades the catching defensively, which by extension should improve the pitching staff. A lefty bat, combined with Ramon Castro and the Mets have better offensive balance behind the plate. Schneider is an upgrade over Paul Lo Duca.
3) Ryan Church is an upgrade over Milledge, and at 29 is a proven player.