Buzz: Mets, Rays and Indians

Jon Heyman of SI.com says it doesn’t seem like the will Rays will make a trade before tomorrow’s 4 pm deadline, though they have been trying hard to acquire Indians C Victor Martinez.

That said, according to NY Baseball Digest, the Mets, Rays and Indians may be discussing a three-team deal that would send Martinez to the Rays.

yesterday i wrote:

…from what I can gather, the Rays and Mets have talked… however, i have zero idea what they’ve talked about… i believe the Mets are still looking for offense… i also believe they are skeptical, but intrigued by Scott Kazmir, because he’s making too much money considering questions about his health, work ethic and stamina…

Earlier in the week, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said the Rays have shopped Kazmir to the Mets and Rangers.

According to Sherman, “Tampa is trying to see if they could trade Kazmir, Carlos Pena and in the right blockbuster even Carl Crawford to free up dollars to make a bigger trade.”

like i said the other day, from listening to reporters, talk radio and people around the game, it sounds like the Rays are trying to essentially trade kazmir and a bat, like a crawford or pena, to get martinez from the Indians, among other things, and will do whatever they have to do to make it happen

if the Mets are looking for offense, and if they may need a center fielder, considering news of Carlos Beltran in the previous post, and if Jose Reyes is never going to be 100 percent this season, suddenly crawford makes even more sense than he did a few days ago… i have no idea if the Mets are interested in him, but the should be

The 27–year-old Crawford is batting .313 with a .373 OBP, 31 extra base hits and 48 stolen bases this season for the Rays.

He has a $10 million team option for 2010, after which he can become a free agent.