We are just hours away from the non-waiver trade deadline and the Mets are as desperately in need of a deal as any team in baseball - needing help on the field and a distraction off of it.
So will they make a move?
The pieces are certainly out there that could help them. But one Mets official has maintained that Omar Minaya is under orders to not deplete the farm system any further and the Mets have little to offer at the major league level that would net these high-priced pieces.
Here are a few and the whys and why nots:
Why: Add him to the rotation and the Mets have two aces, an imposing mix that negates the lack of hitting that they have had this year -and might have next year if Carlos Delgado is gone, Carlos Beltran is still rehabilitating and the Wilpons don't pony up the money for help. The Mets insist that they want to build on pitching and defense and there would be no better place to start than with Santana and Halladay at the top of the rotation.
Why not: Money, money, money.Halladay makes it now and after his contract runs out next year he's going to be eligible for bigger bucks - and might want that extension up front to okay a trade, just as Santana did when the Mets swung the deal for him. The Mets seem more intent on filling the need for a bat.
Why: Maybe nobody fits the Mets needs better. He's a catcher/first baseman. The Mets, coincidentally, need a catcher and a first baseman. He's got a power bat. The Mets need a power bat. Next year, Delgado will be gone unless the Mets take a cheap flyer on a contract with him and he'd certainly fit better in the American League. Feel ready for Daniel Murphy as your full-time first baseman? And at catcher Brian Schneider's contract is up this year. He has a reasonable contract for 2010 - a club option that becomes $7.5 million if he is traded.
Why not: The price is high. The Indians have made it plain that they will deal - having already sent off Cliff Lee as they seek to cut payroll. But they are not giving him away. He's drawn interest from all over the league and the bidding - and asking price - are high.
Why: Need a first baseman? Why not take on a power hitting one with a pristine reputation? Undaunted by ballparks, Gonzalez has become the cornerstone of the Padres franchise.
Why not: Just consider this - the Padres are reportedly seeking a Halladay-type package for Heath Bell. Now multiply that by double and you've got what they want for Gonzalez.
Why: Power armed lefty. Maybe you've heard of him.
Why not: Really, do the Mets have to revisit this? High contract for his production and he still carries some of the same question marks he did when the Mets dealt him away - injuries, inconsistency, work ethic. Not that he's Victor Zambrano.