I wonder if the mets will end up trading Lastings Milledge. I don’t know that there are too many trades that I would agree with involving their most talented little thug, but the Mets have this new focuson chemistry (which, despite my Moneyballish "oh, there’s no such thing
as intangibles" thinking, I suspect may actually exist). Willie Randolph is an old school guy. The clubhouse is clearly enjoying the most remarkable spate of good vibes since the mid-80’s. Most importantly, they’re winning. Lots.
So I’m wondering if they may end up being ready and willing to deal their best prospect. If the Mets open Lastings up to the trade market they suddenly become the
strongest team in the bigs in terms of what they have to offer. Everybody wants the guy, and he’s clearly shown that he can hit big
league pitching. I think the mets are going to become willing to trade
him. Their willingness will increase the more obvious it becomes that
they’re a bona fide world series contending team. They’re going to say
********** it, you know what? We already have a shitload of young talent that
has proven it can hit the **** out of major league pitching, what the
**** do we need some statutory rapist high-fiving-the-fans gadfly who
can hit the **** out of major league pitching for?"
(this is where it would be prudent for me to indicate that Lastings’ tainted past and his so-called "immature" actions after that remarkable home run do not concern me and I would never think to trade a talent such as his over such irrelevant past events)
The Nationals are apparently anxious to trade. The obvious
player people think of when they think the Nationals and trade
opportunities is, naturally, Alfonso Soriano. Now, granted, Soriano is an
absolutely ******* ridiculous talent and would immediately improve the Mets. their lineup becomes simply retarded.
But the fact is that their lineup is already simply retarded. If
you look top to bottom it’s almost hard to find a spot for Soriano.
From spots one through six, the Mets are well beyond solid (once Floyd is back), and you simply can’t bat someone like Alfonso Soriano seventh. You’d negate his speed! But you can’t bat him second, because Lo Duca’s talent for contact hitting trumps Soriano’s talent for the big moment. And you can’t bat him leadoff, because you negate Jose Reyes. And Reyes is established.
So I don’t think they can trade for Soriano.
But! What about Mr. John Patterson? A stupendous and relatively young starting pitcher for the Nationals, his campaign in 2005 made him an asset to Fantasy Baseball squads the nation over. The Nationals would part ways with him for a talent like Milledge without batting an eye. And, ultimately, perhaps the Mets should be interested in parting with Milledge for Patterson with a similar lack of eye batting.
Patterson’s 2005 campaign was outstanding. He finished the year with 185 K’s in 198.1 IP, in which he gave up 172 hits. His WHIP was a strong 1.19. ERA 3.13. BAA .233. I won’t mention his Win-Loss record because, natch, he is a National.
His 2006 campaign was gearing up to similar — perhaps even superior — levels when he was injured. 32 K’s in 25.2 IP. 17 hits. .189 BAA. 0.86 WHIP.
In short, he’s a **** fine pitcher. Certainly superior to anyone in the Mets rotation not called Pedro Martinez or Tom Glavine (and perhaps superior to Glavine). And the Mets could have him for Milledge.
And let’s be frank. Milledge is a difficult personality and always will be. I have no issue with difficult personalities — I am occasionally a difficult person myself — but in baseball that, for whatever reason, counts against you in the clubhouse. And that means something. While Milledge may end up being the greater player, Patterson would be the greater player for the 2006 Mets. They probably don’t need another outstanding pitcher, but a third excellent starter would make them well-nigh unbeatable in the postseason. And Patterson is relatively young — only 28 years old, which would make him the baby of the staff alongside Alay Soler.
Why not do this? I await your comments.