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Matthews & Santos: A Perfect Trade Package

By Michael B. Dowd

With Angel Pagan expected to be the team's Opening Day center-fielder and main replacement for injured Carlos Beltran, it's time for Omar Minaya to start some Spring Cleaning.

Gary Matthews, Jr - the recent acquisition and Beltran insurance plan, is hitting over .300 this Spring. He would look amazin' in a package with buried catcher, and inspirational 2009 story, the bad-luck Omir Santos.

Santos, at one point, was named the Mets starter behind the dish - as the squad headed to Spring Training, but the acquisitions of veterans Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco --- sent Santos so far down the depth chart that he won't even be starting at Triple A because the Mets need to give prospect Josh Thole the bulk of the playing time there.

That leaves Santos and his seven homers, 14 doubles and 40 RBIS in just half-a-season's at-bats (281) - with nowhere to go - except to an another organization.

Matthews, a serviceable outfielder with some pop, had 19 doubles and 50 RBIS .... also in just about a half-season last year (316 at-bats).

Omar -let's take Omir and Little Sarge & send them out of town. I like both players .... but I think that most clubs would look at these players as excellent backups or even starters in some cases. Let's use these assets to grab the eighth-inning set-up guy we never received when Kelvim Escobar's arm went bad.

1 comment:

  1. It's a good idea, but I'm not sure if these two together would warrant receiving an 8th inning guy who's head and shoulders above the candidates the Mets already have (Igarashi, Parnell, etc). Plus Matthews is still needed as the 4th outfielder until Beltran comes back, unless Fernando Martinez makes the club, which isn't going to happen. But Santos is certainly expendable and has pretty decent trade value.