Johan, Pelf and K-Rod Want a Front-Line Pitcher
June 22, 2010 at 9:37 am · 27 comments
by Matthew Cerrone
According to Peter Botte of the Daily News, Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez all want to see the Mets acquire a front-line starting pitcher before the July 31 Trade Deadline.
“We’ve been playing great, but to go out and add a guy like (Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee), it might put us over the top,” Pelfrey said, pointing out that he is also comfortable with the guys they have.
Speaking of starting pitchers…
Astros owner Drayton McLane said his team would be willing to take on another team’s poor contract, in a deal for Oswalt, if it would help return better prospects in the trade, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Last week, Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports said the Astros and Rangers were getting close to a deal for Oswalt.
Oswalt will earn $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011, and has a $16 million club option or a $2 million buyout in 2012.
…from what i can gather, in exchange for approving the deal, oswalt might require his new team to pick up his option… also, at this point, more than one outlet has said the Mets are not interested in oswalt, from Buster Olney to Mike Francesa… but, if Mets could trade better prospects and, say, Oliver Perez, to get oswalt, i wonder if they’d reconsider… i mean, at that point, oswalt would be adding only around $4 million per season to the payroll… but, that option year is a killer… and, who knows what type of prospects houston has in mind…