The Mets were delusional last season, making ill-advised trades for pitchers Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano. A sell-off is highly unlikely under aggressive general manager Omar Minaya, but the Mets might be smart to stockpile young talent in deals for lefthander Tom Glavine, catcher Mike Piazza and a veteran outfielder, either Mike Cameron or Cliff Floyd.
Which contending team in either league is willing to give up young talent to acquire a 36 year old singles-hitting catcher with diminished defensive skills? Were Mike Piazza having the kind of season Cliff Floyd is thus far, such advice would make a little more sense.
The Mets have flaws aplenty, but they’re also only 4 1/2 games out of the wild card spot, with plenty of games remaining against the teams they’re chasing (most of which are in their own division). Carlos Beltran is closer to full strength, the multitude of guys on the DL won’t be there forever and Steve Trachsel should be available for the final two months. Rosenthal can at least wait until the All-Star break before dismissing the Mets’ chances.