Earlier today, the Athletics, Marlins, and Diamondbacks completed a three-way trade in which outfielder Chris Young was sent from Arizona to Oakland and disgruntled relief pitcher — and former Met who Gary Cohen can't stand — Heath Bell was sent from Miami to Arizona. As for those Arizona outfielders who might make some sense for the Mets as trade targets this winter, cross Young's name off the list.
Here are the full details of the trade:
Arizona Receives: RP Heath Bell and $8 million of the $21 million owed on the remainder of his contract from Miami and SS/2B Cliff Pennington from Oakland.
Miami Receives: Minor league shortstop Yordy Cabrera from Oakland and a sizable chunk of payroll flexibility in expunging Bell from the roster.
Oakland Receives: OF Chris Young and $500k from Arizona.
As for the Mets, Young certainly had some appeal as an excellent defensive center fielder with power, but his .318 career OBP leaves something to be desired. If anything, the A's might have a surplus of outfielders now with Young joining Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Josh Reddick in Oakland. And, of course, they won't see Heath Bell nearly as frequently as they did this year.