Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Astros want all that New York has to offer

With a captip to Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest, we find this link about the Mets' pursuit of Roy O.

In the article there's a link to a tweet from Joe DeMayo saying the Astros want Fernando Martinez, Jenrry Mejia, and Ruben Tejada. And the Mets to pick up all of Roy's contract.

By all accounts this is not the type of deal Omar Minaya and company would be willing to do...

...My thoughts are the Mets should at least consider the aforementioned package for Oswalt. Fernando Martinez has not proven he is anything more than a replacement fourth outfielder. I like Ruben Tejada but he appears to be a backup and I have been on record as saying I am willing to give up one, but not both, of Flores/Mejia in a deal for a top pitcher. Unlike Lee, Oswalt is actually signed to a contract next season.

If the Astros want this deal to go through, they're going to have to pick up probably half of Roy's remaining salary. And that the Astros want an outfielder is surprising. Granted, Martinez is 21, and is hitting .257/.320/.437 at Triple-A. But does insisting on Martinez being a part of the deal mean that the Astros are looking to trade Bourn or Pence (because we all know Lee isn't going anywhere)? Tejada is a 20-year old 2B hitting .294/.341/.359 in Triple-A. Is Keppinger on the way out - or is Keppinger going to play SS if the Astros cut ties with Manzella? There are so many variables here, it's barely worth speculating on (which is half the fun).