Monday, January 01, 2007
With Barry Zito shunning the Mets, ESPN and former Blue Jay executive, Keith Law thinks that…
They've already let it be known that Lastings Milledge and Aaron Heilman could be had in the right deal, but this may push them to discuss Humber or Pelfrey if that's what is required to get a middle- or top-of-the-rotation starter in a trade.
The Red Sox would be foolish not to move Josh Beckett for the trio and should consider a deal even without one of the top pitching prospects.
Beckett will have a better 2007 than 2006. His HR allowed will drop and a move back to the other league should allow him to be a top of the rotation starter again. Beckett signing a reasonable contract, relative to the money guaranteed to the likes of Gil Meche, Ted Lilly, et al., makes him a valuable asset. Beckett would make the Mets an overwhelming favorite in the weak N.L. East.
For the Sox, Heilman would fall nicely into the relief ace role. Milledge could be used as trade bait possibly to the Braves for Adam LaRoche. The Braves are shopping LaRoche since they feel Scott Thorman is ready. After the contract extension of Vernon Wells made it abundantly clear that Andruw Jones would not stay in Hot-lanta and with Milledge in the fold, the Braves could take many additional offers that do not include a young centerfielder to maximize their return for the all-world fly catcher.
And Roger Clemens or Jon Lester or Mike Pelfrey or Phillip Humber or someone acquired in a trade for Mike Lowell or Kevin Youkilis would take Beckett’s spot in the rotation. The Sox would be just fine in the short and long-term.