Mets Trading Prospects Not Depth For Cliff Lee

May 11, 2010: Cliff Lee for the Seattle Mariners pitches during a game against the hometown Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mariners beat the Orioles 5 - 1.

Trade month is almost upon us, and the Mets definitely look to be buyers this season. With that said, any talk of trading Angel Pagan (selling high) needs to be thrown out immediately. I’m not saying the 29 year old will be a major cog in the next couple of years. Who knows? But it is simply a matter of depth.

Carlos Beltran’s knees are never again going to be a sure bet. Pagan is also not a player who has been kn0wn to avoid the disabled list. It doesn’t hurt having four more than capable outfielders sharing time. Just yesterday, Angel was pulling himself out of a game because of a strained muscle. Depth in the outfield, and in general, is essential and in our case could be a strength.

We all remember what happened in past seasons when we lost key players late. Losing Fernando Tatis in 2008 helped to make our offense as inept as any in baseball at that time. The year before, we lost an aging Alou and Valentin who were key offensive pieces. Depth will allow the hot bats to find the lineup and give a manager the ability to get more creative.

If we’re able to acquire Cliff Lee we need to do so by shipping off prospects not established talent. We also do not necessarily need to sign him to an extension. I know, I know, then we wasted prospects if we don’t make a run deep in October, right?

Although it would be disappointing to add Lee and not make a run, just look back at Mike Hampton. Letting an aging Hampton sign elsewhere allotted us the draft pick that brought in David Wright. Just last year, The Red Sox brought in Wagner just to let him walk a few weeks later. They did this because they understand the value of that draft pick. You have the potential to bring in a franchise player with first round picks. Trading the likes of a Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia, or Fernando Martinez is never an easy thing, but it puts us in a win-win situation. We get a Cy Young winner for a half season, and whether or not we keep him…we benefit.

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3 thoughts on “Mets Trading Prospects Not Depth For Cliff Lee

  1. John Wenk

    Put all the chips in and lets get our guy. Lee is a devastating pitcher, and needless to say, would elevate our rotation to a formidable status for half the season. His K/BB ratio is completely unreal. Maybe replace Tejada with Thole in a trade since the M's are seeking a young backstop. Tejada is slick. Met fans should take this analysis in and realize this is the way to go.

  2. Dave

    Cliff Lee would be an incredible upgrade for the Mets. When dealing in players being traded, it is ALWAYS a gamble no matter what. anything can happen to either player. we tend to always regret a trade if it goes bad and the player sucks but on the contrary, if the player turns out to do well, all of the sudden the trade was worth it. we have to remember that the whole reason for this possible trade is to make it to the world series. if getting Lee does this, then we need to act now and worry later.

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