On the last day of the Winter Meetings, word spread that before the Mets traded Lastings Milledge to the Nationals, he was involved in another potential trade with the Giants for Noah Lowry.
David Lennon of Newsday, wrote the following…
Another interesting development from late in the winter meetings was the revelation that the Mets talked to the Giants last month about acquiring lefthander Noah Lowry, according to a person familiar with the situation.
San Francisco is desperate for offense after refusing to re-sign Barry Bonds and asked about Lastings Milledge, but also needed another young pitcher back in the deal. When those discussions cooled, the Mets shipped Milledge to the Nationals instead, but a team official suggested those talks could be revisited later this winter if the Giants are unable to fill that need.
Personally, I would have preferred Noah Lowry over Schneider and Church, but that’s not the point of this post. What’s past, is past.
There are many serious rumblings in the league that have the Giants poised to trade one of their three young starters for either Alex Rios of the Blue Jays, or Hideki Matsui of the Yankees.
My questions is this… Where are the Mets?
I think Lincecum would be a great addition to the Mets and a huge upgrade over Pelfrey. The 23-year old righty is oozing with talent. In his first taste of the majors, Lincecum started 24 games and posted a 7-5 record. In 146 innings pitched he allowed only 122 hits, and he struck out 150 batters while walking only 65. He was drafted with the tenth overall pick in the 2006 Draft, and less than a year later he was pitching in the big leagues. His fastball clocks in at 100 MPH. He only got to start just 13 games in the minors, but check this out…
In 63 innings pitched he allowed only 26 hits and struck out an amazing 105 batters. He finished 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA. Hence the rush to the majors. But unlike some Mets pitchers who were rushed to the majors, Lincecum’s performance warranted a promotion.
I also believe Matt Cain is just as talented despite the tough record pitching for an abysmal Giants team who gave him no run support. Cain, who is also a 23-year old righty, pitched 200 inning last season with a very solid 3.65 ERA. He allowed 173 hits while striking out 163 batters. While pitching in the homer friendly NL West, he allowed only 14 homers. Cain was also a first round draft pick, and in 2006 he finished fourth in the Rookie of the year balloting after winning 13 games and striking out 179 batters.
Finally we have Noah Lowry. Lowry is a 27-year old southpaw who relies on location to be effective. He won 14 games last season and has has some minor injury concerns the last two seasons.
Obviously, I would opt for Lincecum or Cain in any Mets trade.
I do believe that we can easily top an offer of Hideki Matsui or Alex Rios. I would not hesitate moving Ryan Church and Kevin Mulvey to the Giants for either of them. I think our offer would be better because not only do the get a solid corner outfielder with gap power who is much younger than Matsui and less brittle as well. Matsui had 53 extra-base hits compared to 58 for Church. The Mets offer would be even more attractive because we would be giving the Giants a top pitching prospect in return with Mulvey.
Both the Yankees and Blue Jays offers are reported to be one-for-one deals.
If I’m Omar, I would certainly pick up the phone and revisit trade talks with the Giants.