Update, 8:26 am:
According to the Kansas City Star, the Royals are open to trading from their surplus of middle infielders.
Last week, FoxSports.com said the Royals have inquired about Mets OF Angel Pagan.
Nick A later sent me e-mail saying:
“It seems that the Royals are open to trading Alberto Callaspo and they like Pagan. Do you think the Mets could work a deal along the lines of Castillo and Pagan for Callaspo?”
…well, the Royals have a starting pitcher, a toolsy-left fielder and a defensive-oriented second baseman to trade… i have to think Omar Minaya has been talking a lot to this team… these are a lot of names, from meche to pagan to guillen to cruz to callaspo and so on… again, i am not even sure any one of these players are an answer for the Mets, but, at miniumum, this is an aisle omar can certainly shop from…
Original Post, 8:02 am:
The Mets have been in contact with the Royals regarding RHP Gil Meche, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
…meche has a good sinker, and throws a solid fastball… he reminds me of Mike Pelfrey… however, last season, he missed the final month of the season with a shoulder issue, and he missed a month to start the year with a back injury… it probably would not take much to acquire him, considering KC’s main motivation would be to dump his salary…
Meche, 31, was 23–24 with a 3.82 ERA in his first 64 starts after signing a five-year deal with the Royals, but he was just 6–10 with a 5.09 ERA in 23 starts last season, during which opponents hit .281 against him.
He is due $12 million each of the next two seasons, after which he can become a free agent.
According to Sherman, although the Mets are not interested in swapping Luis Castillo for Jose Guillen, they could engage the Royals in switching out Castillo for Meche, ‘possibly by taking another bad contract, such as those belonging to relievers Kyle Farnsworth or Juan Cruz.’
The 33–year-old Farnsworth is due $4.25 million in 2010, while the 31–year-old Cruz is due $3.75 million; and both can be made free agents at the end of next season.
Last week, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com said the Royals expect teams to ask about trading for OF David DeJesus as well, ‘once the major free agents are signed by other teams.’
DeJesus will earn $4.7 million next season; he has a $6 million club option for 2011.
According to to Fan Graphs, the 2010 Bill James Handbook projects DeJesus will hit .285 next season, in 147 games, with 11 HR, 82 RBI and six stolen bases.
Speaking of starting pitchers…
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says there is a lot of talk about Tigers RHP Edwin Jackson in the lobby at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, ‘with most execs believing he’ll soon be traded.’
Lastly, free-agent LHP Andy Pettitte turned down a one-year contract from the Yankees, worth roughly $10 million, according to Sherman.
…this is becoming an annual dance, between these two… and in the end, pettitte goofs up, realizing he should have taken their first offer, because he eventually settles for a lesser deal with incentives… take the ring, andy…