Mets May Be Forced To Trade For Manny Ramirez

There are some trade rumors blowing around that the Mets and Phillies are two of the most serious teams about trading for Manny Ramirez. Of course, some other teams are in the mix like the Dodgers as well. It’s hard to get a gauge on how much stock to put in these crazy rumors before the non-waiver trading deadline tomorrow at 4:00pm EDT.

In a perfect world, I would say that the Mets shouldn’t trade for Manny. And I say that for all of the reasons that you already know. He’s eccentric (an understatement), and he’s a one dimensional player. Not to mention the fact that this season he’s been more petulant than usual in Boston.

But the Mets cannot let the Philadelphia Phillies obtain Manny in a trade. They need to do their due diligence to find out how serious the Phillies are about Manny. If the Phillies are serious, the Mets need to go to the mat to get Manny from the Red Sox. I mean that they need to trade Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, Carlos Beltran (has a no trade clause), or whatever it takes to keep Manny away from the Phillies.

The Phillies will still have questions about their pitching, even if they do trade for Manny. A trade with the Red Sox won’t solve that problem. But the Phillies offense would be an unstoppable force. I don’t even want to think about the numbers that Manny could put up playing 81 games at Citizens Bank Park.

Trading for Manny to block the Phillies from getting him is a reality that Omar Minaya and the Mets front office will have to evaluate over the next day or so. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

Report: Mets Won’t Trade For Manny Ramirez

Jon Heyman reports for that the Mets won’t pursue Boston Red Sox disgruntled slugger Manny Ramirez. The Mets have been telling trade potential trade partners that there are several prospects that are untouchable including Fernando Martinez and Jon Niese.

Red Sox GM told Tim McCarver on the Fox Game of the Week broadcast that if Ramirez would waive his no trade clause that he would pursue a trade. There have been whispers for several years now that Ramirez wants to land in Los Angeles when he leaves the Red Sox.

Ramirez is a native New Yorker and certainly would fit the Mets need for a corner outfielder and right-handed power bat. The only problem is that his behavior is so unpredictable, and the Mets would have to unload pretty much all of their top prospects to get him in a trade. I don’t think it’s worth it for two years of Ramirez. The Mets should look for a B-level outfielder that won’t cost all of the Mets top prospects.

Report: Mets To Promote From Within

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports that Omar Minaya may pass on trades this month in favor of moving some of the Mets top prospects to the big leagues. Specifically, the Mets are thinking about moving Fernando Martinez into the outfield. Lefty Jon Niese could fit into the rotation and Bobby Parnell or Eddie Kunz may get work in the bullpen.

If Fernando Tatis and Endy Chavez cool off they could give Martinez a shot in left field. At 19 years old he has to play every day. If he’s not in the lineup every day, he shouldn’t be in the majors.

Apparently, the Rockies wanted Carlos Beltran in a trade for Matt Holliday so the Mets weren’t interested.

Mets Outfield Options- Matt Holliday, Barry Bonds And More

Before yesterday afternoon, I thought that the Mets would hold tight until after the All-Star break to see if Moises Alou could make it back onto the active roster. Well, we got the news today that Alou is likely gone for the season with a torn hamstring.

Ryan Church is on the disabled list for the second time with post concussion symptoms. It’s the fourth time this season that he’s been on the DL due to two concussions since March. We really don’t know what his long term situation is. Mike Matheny and Corey Koskie both retired within the last two seasons due to concussion related problems. It’s a dicey scenario for Church.

Now I’ve come to the conclusion that the Mets need to put together a short list of outfielders to go after. I love the way Endy Chavez and Fernando Tatis have performed this season. Don’t get me wrong. But I think that both of them are best seen in small doses.

I’m not in favor of rushing a prospect to the majors either. Everyone wants to see what Fernando Martinez can do, including me. But rushing guys to the bigs can be a recipe for failure. The Mets are built to win now, stocked with veterans that aren’t here to play for the future.

So I’ve worked on my list of outfielders that the Mets need to start looking into prior to the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline. Here’s the list:

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Fernando Martinez Back To Minors

Fernando Martinez, among others, was sent back to the Mets minor league camp after the Indians game last night. He was hitting .340 this spring, but is still only 19 years old.

The move wasn’t surprising to most but it would be nice to see him get some time in the majors later this season. It wouldn’t do him any good to sit on the bench to start the season. He needs to play every day and he’ll get that in the minors.

Anthony DiComo of reports that Martinez has set a goal for himself to play in Queens this season.