Friday, November 30, 2007

Mets Trade Milledge to Nats for Church, Schneider

Earlier this week I discussed Lastings Milledge in my first post ever. Now, Milledge has been sent packing. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets sent Milledge to the Nats for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church. If this is true, as most rumors that Rosenthal reports are, Omar Minaya should be fired in the next hour or two.
First off, the Mets don't need Schneider. I'm fine with Estrada, who will hit 300 this year for whatever team he plays for, catching. Sure, Schneider, is a great defensive catcher and calls a great game; but, he couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag. I mean, it's not like Castro and Estrada are horrible catchers.
Then, there's Ryan Church. His name is ironic in the sense that Omar better pray he performs adequately in right field (If he's Omar's plan for right) . Otherwise, Omar is done!
If there is one bright spot for the Mets, it's that Omar didn't acquire any Latin players. If he traded Milledge for say, Jesus Flores and Wily Mo Pena, then the tabloids would be all over him as usual.

As for the Nats, they finally got something out of general manager, Jim Bowden. He now has two outfielders with tremendous upside in Pena and Milledge.

Final Note: The Mets did want to throw in Estrada, but Bowden declined.


Anonymous said...

On the surface it really looks like the Nationals got the better of the deal. The Mets got 2 sub-par players they don't really need, and the Mets got rid of a headache. Milledge is happy to be leaving the big city and he may turn into the superstar everyone believes he is capable of being under Manny Acta, who was his coach in 2006. The Mets might live to regret this deal as they have others in the past, but they think it is a good one so we just have to wait and see. Maybe these two players are just more trade bait.

Chris Goudoras said...

Yeah, after thinking about it for a couple of days it doesn't seem as bad of a trade. Don't get me wrong, it is a bad trade, but I do think Schneider is a great game caller (unlike LoDuca, who couldn't call a game for his life); so, I take this as Omar's way of improving the rotation as well as acquiringsome leadership in Schneider.

Anonymous said...

Yeah he could turn out to be a surprise as Maine and Perez were when they were thrown into deals, even though he was dealt for directly.