Let's assume the Mets are sitting at 42-39 at the half-way point, 3 games back in the wild-card. Santana and Pelfrey have continued to pitch well. Maine and Niese have shown enough to be at least passable. Ollie has been relegated to the bullpen. Which of these pitchers would you be most interested in?
1) Kevin Millwood- making $11mil in last year of 5-year deal - 0-4 this year with 3.69 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 41 K in 53.2 IP. Let's say the O's ask for Tejada, Holt and Thole.
2) Cliff Lee - making $9 mil in last year of contract - 1-1 with 2.01 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 15 K in 22.2 IP. Let's assume we could negotiate an extention with Lee before completing the trade. Mariners ask for Fernando, Mejia, Flores and Tejada.
3) Jake Peavy - making $33mil in '11 and '12 with $22mil option for '13 ($4mil buyout) - 2-2 with 5.56 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 39 K in 42.2 IP. Last 2 starts he's 2-0 with 7 hits and 1 walk, 17 K in 15 IP. White Sox ask for Fernando, Gee and Nieuwenhuis.
4) Roy Oswalt - making $15 mil this year, $16mil next year and has a $16mil club option for '12 ($2mil buyout). 2-4 with 2.62 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 45 K in 48 IP. Astros ask for Fernando, Mejia, Flores and Tejada.
Are those realistic trades? Which would you do? Or would you sit tight and play our own kids?