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The Mets, Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday and Pat Burrell
Wanted to quickly check in...
The Mets will speak with the Blue Jays about the possibility of a Roy Halladay trade, just as they did last summer. While they know they're not the favorites, they're encouraged - somewhat, at least - by history. Absolutely no one anticipated that they would wind up with Johan Santana, and yet they did, because 1) The Yankees and Red Sox were largely bluffing over their interest in Santana; 2) The Twins were absolutely bluffing when they said they'd gladly keep Santana for the final year of his contract, in 2008.
Such a deal would clearly hit the Mets' farm system, which is already weak. But it's certainly worth exploring.
--The Mets will likely meet with Scott Boras before everyone's departure tomorrow, to discuss their interest in Matt Holliday. Just as with all free agents, the Mets have a price in mind for Holliday (I'll let you know when I find that out), and Jason Bay, and John Lackey. Sometimes, the player comes down to that price or close enough, as occurred last year with Francisco Rodriguez. And sometimes, the player finds a higher bidder, like Derek Lowe with the Braves last year.
--The Mets held internal dicussions about acquiring former Met-killer Pat Burrell from Tampa Bay, which would love to unload Burrell. But they're not inclined to make such a deal, because of Burrell's weak defensive skills.
--The Mets aren't very high on Lyle Overbay, so the reported three-way deal in which the Mets would get Overbay, the Cubs Luis Castillo and the Blue Jays Milton Bradley seems pretty unlikely.
--The Cubs are acting as though their trade of Milton Bradley is a fait accompli. It seems as though there's no chance Bradley will be back with the Cubs.
--UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: It's Hall of Fame time! The Veterans Committee will consider a group of 20 former managers, umpires and executives. Since I'm in a hurry, I'll just copy/paste from the press release:
The 10 managers and umpires eligible for election consideration to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010: managers Charlie Grimm, Whitey Herzog, Davey Johnson, Tom Kelly, Billy Martin, Gene Mauch, Danny Murtaugh and Steve O’Neill; umpires Doug Harvey and Hank O’Day.
The 10 executives eligible for election consideration to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010: Gene Autry, Sam Breadon, John Fetzer, Bob Howsam, Ewing Kauffman, John McHale, Marvin Miller, Gabe Paul, Jacob Ruppert and Bill White.
--UPDATE, 2:45 p.m. C.S.T.: No, I didn't travel back in time from the previous update. I just realized I generally prefer to time-stamp these updates in the time zone I currently occupy. Anyway, executive vice president Jimmie Lee Solomon addressed the media to discuss the actual meetings. Most notably, Solomon said there wasn't extensive talk about revising the current replay system.
"A report was given," Solomon said. "Not many questions were asked."
Solomon said another issue was discussed that I found interesting: Revising the order of selection to account for postseason results. The World Series champion would draft 30th, the World Series loser 29th, and so on.
I think this is a bad idea, although, it wouldn't make a difference in 2010. The Yankees, as both the best regular-season team and the World Series champ, draft last (32nd next year, because the Rangers and Rays didn't sign their first-round picks this year) either way.
In general, however, postseasons play out like the small samples they are. It doesn't make sense to include those results in determing something as important as draft order.