I’m throwing this out there for you to mull over, much like Omar Minaya will be asked to do in the upcoming weeks.
Other teams aren’t stupid, they see what is going on with the Mets rotation and in their outfield. They see, like most of us here, that the rotation, although going well now is not a sure thing. We don’t know how long Hisanori Takahashi and RA Dickey will continue this run. They also have no interest in sending a veteran pitcher to the Mets for the likes of John Maine and Oliver Perez.
The Seattle Mariners are on record for saying they want major league ready hitters; players they can immediately plug into their lineup.
The Mets have precious few of those to offer, but there is one whose trade value is high. Don’t think about Carlos Beltran. With his injury history and salary, he’s not going anywhere.
The Mets are on record saying they won’t deal Ike Davis, Jennry Mejia or Jon Niese in a package for Cliff Lee as a rental.
The Mets’ best major league ready chip is Angel Pagan, whose role will be severely limited when Beltran returns. While there’s no disputing his current value to the Mets, that value might be what it takes to land a Lee or Roy Oswalt.
The scouting reports say Pagan is the Mets’ best athlete, but he doesn’t have a long track record. He was good enough last year to warrant a chance this season, but would be languishing on the bench if Beltran were healthy, or perhaps platooning in center if Gary Matthews hadn’t forgotten to hit.
Fact is, this is Pagan’s first extensive test and he’s passing. The Mets aren’t the only ones to notice. Seems incomprehensible after last night, but Pagan is no longer a non-descript player. Teams covet his athleticism and talent. Teams will be asking about him next month. Minaya’s decision must be to determine if this is Pagan’s ceiling with the Mets or if this guy is a budding star.
I wouldn’t deal Pagan for a rental, but if I could lock down that pitcher, I might make that move depending on the other participants in the deal.
So, would you do it? Would you deal Pagan for an ace pitcher, especially if you could get that pitcher long term, say like an Oswalt?
Two years ago, the Mets eschewed dealing Daniel Murphy, keeping him for his potential upside. How did that work out for the Mets? Minaya has a lot of decisions to make, and this will be one of them.