But according to a baseball source with knowledge of the situation, Washington is looking to trade Kearns and infielder Felipe Lopez for starting pitching. The Nationals have interest in Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey and Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey.
Pelfrey, 23, is a pitcher the Nats have coveted since before the July 31 trade deadline. Pelfrey remains a highly regarded prospect, but he has not been impressive in his brief Major League career. Last season with the Mets, he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 games. source MLB.com
Monday, December 3, 2007
The Mets might not be done dealing with the Nationals, when the dust settles if the Mets have acquired a front line starting pitcher and Mike Pelfrey is still with the team, then the Nats might come calling. Apparently the Nats now have a glut of outfielders since acquiring Lastings Milledge and E. Dukes. The odd man out due to his contract is Austin Kearns, whether the Mets decided to use him as the righthanded platoon with his former teammate (Church) or to replace him because he was traded. Apparently Bowden is looking to move Kearns for a starting pitcher and covets Mike Pelfrey. The Nats are looking to package Felipe Lopez, but unless Omar thinks he can quickly flip Lopez the package wouldn't be a match. If it were Kearns and Rauch, then we would have our set-up man. In Bowden's eyes Pelfrey's stock is high, he hasn't impressed me or apparently the rest of the league since we keep hearing teams don't like our prospects. Maybe he should be moved before he gets to Milledge status, low value on the open market. That will all depend on who's left, he might be the only pitching prospect left.
Posted by Ed Ryan at 11:27 PM