Buzz: Mets are Shopping Gary Matthews Jr.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Mets are shopping OF Gary Matthews Jr., “and the Reds could be a possibility.”

The Mets acquired Matthews Jr. from the Angels in January for Brian Stokes, and are only responsible for paying $2 million of the money due to him the next two seasons.

i said it a few weeks ago, that it would not surprise me to see the Mets trade matthews, mostly because i don’t see him winning the job, and like sherman says, what happens to him when Carlos Beltran returns… i mean, if he didn’t like being a bench player with the Angels, how’s he going to handle being a third stringer, and is there even a role for that on this club… i think not

Last week, WFAN’s Mike Francesa said he believes Matthews will be traded for pitching, and, he too said the Reds have interest.

in the off season, there was lots of buzz connecting the Mets to the Reds in talks about Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Harang and Brandon Phillips, among others… i left the winter believing talks were real, but that the Reds were only interested in trading a pitcher, while paying most of his way, in return for a top prospect… i have no idea how a player like matthews fits in to that today… but, the Mets clearly still need some sort of reliable starting pitcher to be added to this rotation, and so if there is a way to still get arroyo or harang, i hope Omar Minaya is working on it

The 31–year-old Harang was 6–14 with a 4.21 ERA in 26 starts for the Reds last season, missing starts the last two seasons with a forearm injury, a neck injury and an appendectomy.

He is due to earn $25 million over the next two seasons, after which he can be made a free agent.

Arroyo, 33, is 39–39 with a 4.27 ERA in 101 starts the last three seasons, during which opponents are batting .277 against him, while he has struck out 446 batters in 631 innings.

He will earn $10 million this season, but has an $11 million team option for 2011.

By the way, also on his blog, Sherman offers the Mets a suggestion on how they should have communicated Jose Reyes’s return to the public, so to better manage everyone’s expectations.