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Green trade to Mets may be in the works

By Jack Magruder, Tribune

August 13, 2006

There are strong indications that the Diamondbacks will ask Shawn Green to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the New York Mets, although Green said after Saturday’s game no such request has been made.


The Mets asked the D-Backs about Green earlier this week, after he cleared waivers, sources said Saturday.


While Green can veto a trade to a team other than San Diego, Anaheim or San Francisco, a deal to the Mets would reunite him with good friend Carlos Delgado, who was in Green’s wedding and played with Green in Toronto from 1993-99.


“I’d have to consider it, if it is something that comes to fruition,’’ Green said. “There has been speculation all season. I don’t pay attention to it.” The D-Backs were close to a trade with the Mets for Scottsdale right-hander Brian Bannister over the winter, but it appears unlikely they could get Bannister this time.


From the D-Backs’ perspective, a deal would be more about clearing right field for Carlos Quentin while gaining payroll flexibility moving forward. Green is due $9.5 million in 2007 and has a $10 million option with a $2 million buyout for 2008. Newsday reported that the Mets would want the D-Backs to pay half of Green’s 2007 salary and the $2 million buyout in 2008.


While the D-Backs make it a practice not to include money in a trade, this might be an exceptional case, sources indicated.


Green, hitting .284 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs, did not start Saturday against Florida left-hander Scott Olsen. He pinch hit in the eighth inning.


The Mets are short in the outfield after trading starting right fielder Xavier Nady to Pittsburgh at the nonwaiver trading deadline for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez and placing left fielder Cliff Floyd on the disabled list with an Achilles tendon injury. They recently acquired Ricky Ledee.

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