By Adam Warner
So I heard that noted Met booster, Michael Kay, on the radio yesterday talking about a trade for Mark Buehrle.
Namely, we give them Lastings Milledge and Mike Pelfrey for the 28 year old free agent to be.
My first thought was "stick to the Yankees". Well, not that polite, lol.
On second thought, not sure it's as nuts as it sounded on first thought.
I mean, assuming he signs.
Well, he's having a nice year in every which way.
4-3, 3.45 ERA, 6.5 IP's per start, over 3:1 K to BB ratio and he's a pitch-to-contact sort. And that's all for a lousy team playing in a tough division and in the much tougher-hitting AL. He does strike me as a guy who could really thrive in the NL.
I kind of thought he crested, but looking at his stats he really has been good for all but last season.
And he's the world's quickest pitcher; he practically incorporates the throw back from the catcher into his delivery.
Well, I realize Milledge and Pelfrey won't get as much back in return now as they would have a year ago. But they are still big and young prospects.
Can we get more for them?
Also, it's like a media crusade that the Mets NEED another starting pitcher. Of course the Mets do. Everyone does. But is it a pressing need relative to other ones?
I mean it would bump Jorge Sosa to the bullpen/minors now. He has a 3.42 ERA. And we can't assume Pedro is coming back, But he might...and then what? Glavine in long relief?
To me offense is a bigger issue.You have a guy like Adam Dunn available. He's 27 and can't run or field, but great OBP and mongo power. And plays both 1st and left. Even if Alou actually comes back, they could rotate Dunn, Alou, Green and Delgado in 3 spots.
What about Jermaine Dye? Also a free agent to be. Not as powerful, but better avg and speed and a good glove? That seems like more of what the Mets could use.
So I guess as I write it out, I like Buehrle, just not sure he's the answer.
...maybe on 2nd thought, we can stand to axe Sosa.