Monday, July 21, 2008

Pirates scout Mets pitching prospects....

You hear from most Mets fans that they want Xavier Nady to fill the whole created by the season ending injury to Moises Alou in left field. While I agree that Nady would be the perfect fit I think that based on the Pirates asking price and the competition for Nady's services, it will be very difficult for Omar to pull off the trade. The Pirates starting price will be two legitimate prospects and then go up from there as the competition gets steeper. As Anthony Rieber of Newsday pointed out, I think the Mets will acquire an outfielder but more along the lines of a Casey Blake or Raul Ibanez......
Manuel has made it no secret he'd like to see general manager Omar Minaya pick up a big bat for the outfield. Matt Holliday, Jason Bay and even Xavier Nady are probably out of the Mets' reach, so he might have to "settle" for Seattle's Raul IbaƱez or Cleveland's Casey Blake. source Newsday

But for those set on Nady one promising sign is that the Pirates are scouting the Mets pitching prospects. If Kunz was available I wonder if he's off the market with Wagner's recent shoulder problems.

Among the players the Pirates reportedly have interest among the teams looking to trade are Cardinals right-hander Anthony Reyes and outfielder Chris Duncan, Tigers first baseman Jeff Larish and outfielder Matt Joyce, Yankees right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, Braves shortstop Brent Lillibridge (who was drafted by the Pirates in 2005) and outfielder Brandon Jones, Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann and a trio of pitchers with the Mets’ Class AA Binghamton farm club — left-hander Matt Niese and right-handers Eddie Kunz and Bobby Parnell. source Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times