Monday, July 31, 2006

Deadline Wrap

Given Sanchez's injury, the Metropolitans ended today in a lot better situation than they could have. Beto Hernandez can be a question mark, yes, but we needed an arm and we got one, only having to give up the 7th man in the league's most productive offense.

The upside on Perez is big, and he's a big question mark too, but we likely won't be seeing him until at least next year.

The most immediate question in need of answering is whether Lastings Milledge will be able to have any impact on the team down the stretch; whether we like the answer or not, we'll get one come October. Endy Chavez will share time as well, but I think something that is worth mentioning is the mentoring Cliff Floyd can provide to Milledge as the season draws to a close.

We've seen that Milledge, like Jose Reyes did when he came up, needs major adjustment to a major league strike zone. But David Wright credited Floyd with helping him adjust to the majors, and since Cliff being out was the reason Milledge got his cup of coffee earlier this season and didn't have any experience playing with him day-to-day, it'll be interesting to see if he can rein in Lastings' much-maligned exuberance.

Or maybe they'll just hate each other.

Omar on WFAN

Omar did a brief spot with Chris Russo on WFAN, not much light shed on the day, but for what it's worth...

Hernandez was being looked at even before the Sanchez injury, apparently.

"Yesterday was a day where we thought we might have been close" to acquiring a big pitcher, but not today. Omar wouldn't name anyone because they're on other teams and he can't comment on players on other teams. He wouldn't comment on Linebrink either.

The Pirates did not know about the Sanchez injury when the Hernandez/Perez deal was made. The deal was done about 2 p.m., he says, and the first reports on Sanchez weren't out until about 3:30.

Milledge will be called up, but possible platooning arrangements have not been determined yet...

Oh shit...

No wonder we want Lidge:
Duaner Sanchez is out for the year with a separated pitching shoulder, has learned.
This is not good news, Metrpolitans fans. Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick...

3:13 p.m. edit...

More from Rotoworld:
ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Mets could be close to getting Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez from the Pirates.

No word yet on what would go back. The Mets wouldn't want to give up Lastings Milledge for those two, but it's hard to see how they could do it without surrendering Aaron Heilman.
Also, more from Roto on Sanchez:
Tom Glavine flashbacks, only far worse. Sanchez apparently was injured while riding as a passenger in a taxicab that was involved in a car accident Sunday night after the Mets landed in Miami. The Mets might now have to overpay to land some relief help. If Brad Lidge isn't a possibility, Roberto Hernandez and Joe Borowski could be. Aaron Heilman probably can't go anywhere now.

3:24 p.m. edit, from Rotoworld: is reporting that the Mets have traded Xavier Nady to the Pirates from Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez.

That can't be it, unless Dave Littlefield is an even worse GM than we throught. Nady is no more than an average corner outfielder offensively and he's below average defensively. He's not at all a building block, and he certainly isn't worth Perez's potential. The Mets might now trade for a corner outfielder to share time with Endy Chavez.
I'd take it, but it's still unconfirmed.

DocGooden'sCat's take: "You're trading your 7 or 8 hitter for a starter and a somewhat quality reliever you desperately need right now. So all in all, I think it might be a good move."

3:43 p.m. edit, God bless Rotoworld:
The Mets could seek to move Oliver Perez to a third team after getting him from the Pirates for Xavier Nady, according to

The Mets are talking with San Diego about a deal in which they would trade Perez and Heath Bell to the Padres for Scott Linebrink. That'd be a clear downgrade for the Padres in the short-term. Perez would make more sense for a non-contender since he's unlikely to help out this year.
Now that would make things really interesting.

4 p.m. edit, Cerrone at Metsblog is reporting the Linebrink deal is done....

4:32 p.m. edit, Chris Russo says WFAN talked to Horowitz, who said the Mets are "done for the day" WITHOUT Linebrink?

4:38 p.m. Cerrone:
…the buzz from the weston hotel has the mets not sending RHP Heath Bell and LHP Oliver Perez to the padres for RHP Scott Linebrink

…a few posts ago, i wrote that the team planned to make such a deal…a few moments later, CBS Sportsline and ESPN News began reporting that the deal was done…
I think ?!?!?! pretty much sums it up at this point.

5:22 p.m. edit, Cerrone says reporting the Linebrink deal was "premature" and that it was "yanked off the table" before being completed.

Omar will be on WFAN today before 6:30, more to follow...


From Rotoworld:

The Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice reports that Astros owner Drayton McLane has ordered GM Tim Purpura to trade Brad Lidge.

The Rangers are the team getting mentioned in connection with Lidge, but if he has to go, there will be more interested parties, starting with the Mets and Red Sox. The Astros could turn over closing duties to Dan Wheeler if they move Lidge.

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