During the trade deadline, Omar Minaya sent Billy Wagner to the Red Sox for a couple of prospects. Billy Wagner is projected to be a Class A free agent, and would have netted the Mets two first round draft picks next June by offering him arbitration which Wagner would have certainly declined.
One of the prospects the Mets got was AAA first baseman, Chris Carter. Carter was then placed on waivers by the Red Sox, but was pulled back after the Yankees claimed him. It meant that the Mets would have to wait until next spring to see him play. Their plans of adding Carter in time for September callups had been dashed.
So why didn’t they just name Chris Carter when they originally made the deal so they could have avoided this inconvenient mess?
Now, Joe McDonald of projo.com is reporting that the second prospect the Mets will receive is minor league infielder, Eddie Lora.
The 20-year old first baseman batted .222 with 3 homeruns for the GCL Red Sox. That’s GCL as in Gulf Coast League aka Rookie Ball. Worse yet, he was repeating that level after going hitless in 10 games in 2008. Lora was not ranked among the most recent Top 30 Red Sox prospects.
This is a terrible deal when you consider the Mets essentially traded two first round picks for two unranked prospects. Another epic fail in my opinion.