Buzz: Mets, Cubs trying hard for a Three-Way

Update, 12:22 pm:

Rangers reporter T.R. Sullivan of talked to a Rangers official who said this deal is ‘not happening.’

Similarly, Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors talked to a source who said the deal is not being discussed.

…if you recall, when rosenthal reported on the Mets-Cubs-Blue Jays three-way a few weeks ago, it was the Blue Jays who came out and denied it… today, we get Mets-Cubs-Rangers, and, again, it’s the third team who is denying it…

…one thing is clear, the Mets do not want bradley and the Cubs do not want castillo, but they are apparently one another’s only shot of getting rid of these people, and so they’re obviously working hard to find a third team to help make it happen

Original Post, 11:28 am:

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune believes the Mets, Cubs and Rangers have discussed a three-way trade that would send Luis Castillo to Chicago, Milton Bradley to Texas and Kevin Millwood to New York.

Rogers quotes as saying ‘the deal has legs,’ and, “There’s a deal to be made there.”

rogers says the Mets and Cubs would have to contribute significant money to pay down the $21 million owed to bradley…

…so, i’m wondering if this will create an opening and give Texas the flexibility to make another run at acquiring RHP Roy Halladay

Earlier this month, reported the Mets and Cubs had been discussing a similar deal, involving Castillo and Bradley, which would have sent 1B Lyle Overbay from Toronto to New York.

Millwood is set to earn $12 million in the last year of his contract.

He was 13–10 with a 3.67 ERA in 31 starts; he tossed three complete games, while striking out 123 batters in 198 innings.

… ok, so, if castillo is traded, i assume the Mets will try to sign Orlando Hudson… so, this is sort of a two-pronged move… left-handed hitters have always been a problem for him, but with the left-field wall and Jeff Francoeur in front of it, he could see an improvement… i have always admired his ability to pitch inside… he has made at least 30 starts in each of the last five seasons, but he’s missed time and been bothered by all sorts of random leg injuries…

According to his 2010 Handbook, Bill James projects Millwood will go 9–10 with a 4.37 ERA next season.

…for one year, i think he’d be a good-enough addition, coming back to the National League, especially if it allows the Mets to change-up the batting order and defense at second base… but, this cannot be their only addition to the rotation… i still think they’ll look to sign a pitcher like Jason Marquis…