There has been a lot of recent speculation about the Mets and A's hooking up in a deal for either Dan Haren or Joe Blanton. So I decided to step in and voice my opinion on this matter. I'll talk about the ups and downs for both teams.
- Blanton: This would be a horrible acquisition for the Mets if they have to give up anything more than a Mike Devaney or Phil Humber and a Carlos Muniz type. Blanton will become the fourth or fifth best pitcher on the Mets behind John Maine, Oliver Perez, Pedro Martinez, and possibly El Duque. On the other hand, if the A's can acquire Fernando Martinez, Aaron Heilman, Carlos Gomez, Lastings Milledge, as Newsday suggests, the A's should do it in a heartbeat. I mean, they are nowhere near contending next year with the Angels as the powerhouse of that division.
- Haren: This is a deal that could benefit both teams. The A's could obtain their future in the likes of Milledge, Gomez, Martinez, Kevin Mulvey, Mike Pelfrey, and Deolis Guerra. The Mets can receive a second ace to lead that rotation with John Maine. In Shea and Citi Field Haren could win 18 games and post a sub 3 ERA with some ease.
The way I see it, the best trade could be Haren for Gomez, Mulvey, Muniz, and Humber. However, Omar Minaya and Billy Beane have a tendency to discuss trades without anything getting done (Zito 2 years ago(good thing that never happen!), Haren and Blanton last year, etc.)