MLBTR Reports the following:Will Jays’ Pitching Depth Lead To Trade?
The Blue Jays again have a stock of pitchers that may be on the desired list for other teams.Â “MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian named Brian Tallet, Dustin McGowan, Shawn Camp, Merkin Valdez, and Sean Henn as pitchers who would need to clear waivers before being sent to the minors.”Â Added to that there is speculation that the highest paid of their pitchers could also be available. “This situation will become clearer during Spring Training, but GM Alex Anthopoulos almost needs to make a couple of trades.Â The highest-paid Blue Jays pitchers seem most likely to go: Downs ($4MM), Frasor ($2.65MM), and Tallet ($2MM).Â Camp and Accardo will also earn more than a million.”
There are some interesting names there.Â 2 names stick out to me because of things the Mets may currently need.Â Scott Downs and Brian Tallet.Â Both of these guys are LH and could in my opinion instantly turn the Mets pen into the best in the NL.Â Downs has had ERA’s of 2.17, 1.78 and 3.09 the last 3 years spending time as a setup man as well as stints as closer.Â Tallet is a 6’7 swing-man who was very successful in the pen from 2006-2008.Â His first year being primarily a starterÂ was not as successful as he struggled in the 2nd half of the year as many guys who switch would, he finished with a 5.32 ERA in 160+ innings.Â Also an advantage for both is that neither have large splits and can pitch to both sides of the plate when needed.
6M bucks and some prospects could make a huge difference in the Mets 2010 BP.