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"Time To Trade Heilman Is Now"

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From Saturday's NY Post:


October 21, 2006 -- AARON Heilman finished the Mets' year and should

be the beginning point to their offseason.


The Mets should trade him now, NOT because he allowed the two-run,

ninth-inning homer to St. Louis' Yadier Molina that decided the NLCS,

or because of worry Heilman is Scott Norwood or Mitch Williams and

will crumble in the aftermath of such a high-profile personal



The Mets should trade Heilman because they place less value on him

than so many other teams. And, please, let's not listen to what the

Mets say about appreciating Heilman's worth. Given the choice, they

picked Brian Bannister to start over Heilman. And Willie Randolph

managed as if he liked both Duaner Sanchez and Guillermo Mota better

to set up Billy Wagner.


Meanwhile, many rival teams see Heilman as no worse than a No. 3

starter or a closer. As one AL GM said, "Equipment-wise, he is a

starter." An NL scout who thinks Heilman would be an excellent

starter said Heilman began mixing a cutter and splitter to his

changeup-fastball strength, thus giving him more of a starter's

repertoire. Another AL GM, who thinks Heilman has the stuff and

makeup to be a closer, said, "Heilman's stock is very high in this

relief market. The supply (of available, quality relievers) is so

bad, you should maximize value."


GM Omar Minaya said he thinks Sanchez will return with no problems

from a shoulder injury suffered in a taxi accident, and that Mota was

no fluke. Thus, the Mets are well covered in righty setup men,

especially if they can re-sign Chad Bradford. Thus, the time is now

to take Heilman, before he is too expensive and loses value, pair him

with Lastings Milledge and try lassoing a prime-aged starter who will

be the transitional piece atop the rotation from Tom Glavine/Pedro

Martinez to Phil Humber/Mike Pelfrey.


Offer that Heilman/Milledge package to Florida (which needs a center

fielder and a closer) for Dontrelle Willis; to Baltimore (Orioles GM

Jim Duquette was with the Mets when Heilman and Milledge were

drafted) for Erik Bedard; and to San Diego for Jake Peavy, and see if

there is the making of a deal before delving into other markets.


The Mets have no intention of spending exorbitantly on Barry Zito,

probably will lose out on Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka (possibly

to the Yankees), and word is Jason Schmidt wants to stay on the West

Coast. Of the next free-agent tier, the Mets should focus on Vicente

Padilla, who has the best stuff but does have off-the-field baggage.

The White Sox's Freddy Garcia is available and intriguing, and

Atlanta's Tim Hudson could be available, but he has too many red

flags, even if Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson loved him in



As for the rest of the rotation, the Mets need to work out Glavine's

option and keep Orlando Hernandez on a one-year pact. The strong work

in Games 6 and 7 by John Maine and Oliver Perez should add

encouragement that they can be at least bottom-of-the- rotation

pieces. The Mets then would have Dave Williams in long relief/spot

starter, Martinez as a potential midseason gift returning from

shoulder surgery, and the talented trio of Bannister, Humber and

Pelfrey stashed at Triple-A. The missing piece for 2007 and moving

forward would be someone such as Willis/Bedard/ Peavy.


The Mets can be pretty certain their pen and lineup will be strong

next year. They need to find a second baseman, preferably righty

hitting, and an intriguing possibility is Rich Aurilia, a New Yorker

who was signed to his first pro contract by a Rangers scout named

Omar Minaya. Minaya loves free agent Julio Lugo. But so does new Cubs

manager Lou Piniella (who had him in Tampa Bay) and the Red Sox, so

the price is going to get steep.


The Mets need a righty hitter to be no less than a caddy in left,

especially if Milledge is moved. Xavier Nady was ideal. The Mets

could try to go high-end offense by trading for the Yankees' Gary

Sheffield or signing Moises Alou. Or the Mets can try the more

complementary route by dealing for Detroit's Craig Monroe/Marcus

Thames, Cleveland's Casey Blake, Arizona's Eric Byrnes, Toronto's

Reed Johnson or even Pittsburgh's Nady.

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In my opinion, we should just start Heilman, he'd be an exceptional #4-5 for us.


Rotation come April:








Lowest producer gets the boot when Pedro comes back.

There's some nice youth in there...

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The Mets should trade him with Milledge only if they get a guy like Oswalt, or another sure fire ace, in return.


I do not like Milledge at all and do not want him in the outfield next season.

It'd be nice if we can sign Zito and trade for Dontrelle and than sign Jermaine Dye.


lol, like that'll ever happen! :LMAO:

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