Zito for Milledge? Discuss....
From ESPN Insider:
A New York story?
Jul 22 - The Mets could dangle Lastings Milledge for Barry Zito, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports. Oakland GM Billy Beane is the west-coast president of the Lastings Milledge Fan Club, and Beane has gone so far as to shoot off flares recently that indicate Zito isn't as untouchable as most teams think he is.
Dating back to last winter, the Mets have shown more interest in Zito than any other club. But in the past, it was the price (Milledge and Aaron Heilman) that was prohibitive. Now, according to baseball men who have spoken with Beane, he isn't even asking for Heilman anymore. With Rich Harden out until September, the A's would need to get a pitcher back -- but "not necessarily in that deal," said one AL executive.
This is an interesting scenario here with John Maine and Mike Pelfrey in the pitching mix. Does a deal need to be made? Should Omar stand pat and hope Maine or Pelfrey will be that guy? Essentially he may be trading the sixth best overall prospect according to Baseball America for a guy they can have a legitimate shot at getting next year in the off-season. Problem is, they are going for it all this year too.
If they bring him in and he leaves, they get two draft picks from whoever signs him. If he stays, they get Zito and spend $12 million a year on him and now need to fill an outfield void. Bring Floyd back? Bring in a big time left fielder like Carlos Lee or Alfonso Soriano? You have to do what you can to go for it this year while balancing out the future. I do not envy Omar.