Buzz: Matt Holliday and Carlos Lee

The Trade Deadline will be Friday, July 31.

Between now and then, I have a feeling we’re going to hear a lot of rumors connecting the Mets to A’s OF Matt Holliday and Astros OF Carlos Lee.

Holliday will be a free agent at the end of this season, and reports of Oakland suggest Billy Beane will look to get back at least two, quality prospects, including an infielder.

Lee, on the other hand, is due $18.5 million this season, as well as in 2010, 2011, and 2012, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.

Lee will likely cost less - in terms of prospects – than Holliday, because a team like the Mets could bring on Lee’s entire salary in the deal.

The 32–year-old Lee is batting .319 this season, with nine HR.

He has hit roughly 30 HR and 100 RBI while batting around .310 during each of the last three seasons.