November 21, 2007

What Would It Take?: Take Two

As I alluded to yesterday, I would love to have Erik Bedard and Ramon Hernandez on the Mets and with yesterday’s magician act by Omar Minaya to obtain Johnny Estrada from the Brewers for Guillermo Mota, of all people, it further enhances the capability of such a trade getting pushed through.

From yesterday’s post:

Erik Bedard is the acting Ace of the Orioles staff and isn’t arbitrational eligible until after the 2008 season. He finished the 2007 season with a 13-5 record, 3.16 ERA and 221 strike outs. The biggest question for the Mets is how to fill the void of innings pitched, when Tom Glavine left, and if you’re thinking that Bedard is the answer, you are mistaken. He had pitched only 182 innings last season. So the Mets are still going to have to spend money on a Livan Hernandez or Carlos Silva type of pitcher.
Ramon Hernandez is only 31 and under contract for the next two seasons when he will be 33. A favorite in the Mets pursuit of the off-season after the 2005 season, Hernandez waited too long to reply to Omar’s offer (Like Bengie Molina) and settled with the Orioles. Molina is a career .263 hitter, so his 2007 batting average of .258 was a tad under par. But his 9 home runs were way under his normal production. In 2006 he rang up 23 long balls (’05 – 12 & ’04 – 18) and after an injury year, the Mets should be able to swing him away from the Orioles with minimal damage to their farm system.

David Rubin and I were discussing the possible trade ideas and he came up with a gem of one. This deal appears to be well beyond the capability of getting completed. Here you go:

So the new deal would include Carlos Gomez, Aaron Heilman, Philip Humber and Johnny Estrada for Erik Bedard and Ramon Hernandez.

To view yesterday’s post use this link (What Would it Take?).

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

now thats a horse of a differnt color

Anonymous said...

so where do i sign

Anonymous said...

that trade scenario seems much better than the one you suggested yesterday john

Brett Reynolds said...

Man, I just love it when you and David get together John. You guys should be analysits or something.

Anonymous said...

well it seems like a good deal from the mets point of view but would the O's go for it

Anonymous said...

well they did trade us John Maine and Jorge Julio for Kris Benson

zach said...

checking out ramon hernandez' stats, he's another low on base percentage, low slugging catcher. i guess defensively he's pretty good. but calling games, how good can he be-- was he catching when the orioles gave up 30 runs to the rangers? and they have some real good arms in their rotation, with mazzone as pitching coach, so...

i think paul lo duca still is the best option, and i wish the mets brass would listen to the fans... I don't know one who dislikes lo duca. the guy is a gamer, and he's from brooklyn, and something that i think is important, he really wants to be a met. the guy had a bad year at the plate in '07, but he was our number 2 hitter in '06, and he did an excellent job. i remember the thought crossed my mind in game 7 of the NLCS that LoDuca was not going to make the last out (he drew a walk, as everyone prob remembers). i bet they could sign him to a 2 year deal if they overpay him a bit, but at any rate, i'm fine with estrada compared to the alternative of trading away pitching and prospects for hernandez.

Anonymous said...

neither bedard nor haren have had more than one really good year, and both are approaching 30. so it might be smarter for omar to do his best going after santana, who should win a bunch of cy youngs in the nl, or just give the kids a chance. their market value is pretty low right now.