Good morning all and welcome to the other side of Fantasyland.
Yesterday the Met blogosphere was somewhat abuzz about a possible Wheeler-for-Stanton trade. This seems to have been generated by that most reliable and never-wrong source of all facts today, Twitter.
Yes, someone who knows someone at a sports agency Tweeted that this trade was under serious consideration.
By whom exactly? Jeffrey Loria’s gardener? A men’s room attendant at Marlins Park? A mental patient somewhere who likes baseball and has access to the Internet?
The idea of trading one of the very top pitching prospects in the game for a slugging outfielder is questionable, and surely fine and solid arguments can be made either way.
But why do people get caught up in things which are, almost certainly, utterly fabricated non-stories generated to garner attention?
Was this reported by a single serious, reputable media organization?
Anyway, this writer does have it on good authority that the Mets are deep in negotiations with the Nationals, who apparently have their eyes on Frank Francisco as a long-term closer and names being thrown around also include Daniel Murphy, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Felix Millan, Ed Charles, and Frank Howard.
In addition–and this could be a very busy week–talks are also underway with the Angels, who seem very eager to deal Mike Trout and his extra girth for Lucas Duda and a moving van to be named later. Apparently this move will hinge on the Mets’ insistence that the Angels also take back Jim Fregosi.
Stay tuned for more from Internet Fantasyland!