!!! WARNING !!! Michael Smells BS
Joe Benningo from the WFAN and Brandon Tierney from 1050 ESPN Radio reported a trade rumor that included Aaron Heilman and Xavier Nady for Alfonso Soriano. I do not think this holds much water at all because the Mets said they would only be interested only if the move was a steal, but it has to go deeper than that. He is a disaster waiting to happen in Shea Stadium and I am not just talking about defense. I think a Carlos Beltran 2005 type batting average from him in 2006 would be wishful thinking.
Not that Nady would be a huge loss and that the Mets could not replace Heilman, but Aaron is young and versatile and could be very, very important to any Mets playoff push. Although Heilman may be much less of a sexy name to most fans, he could be much more important than Soriano ever would be to a 2006 run. Let us not forget, the Mets offense is not the question mark. The question marks surround around the rotation's health and the bullpen's effectiveness. Heilman goes a long way to help fill either one of those needs and trading him for Soriano is completely counterintuitive to what Mets are trying to wrap up in the next few weeks before the season.
This rumor sounds completely false.