You read the title right, the New York Mets and Miami Marlins discussed a possible trade that would’ve sent Mets left fielder Jason Bay to Miami for closer (former-Met) Heath Bell and catcher John Buck according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
A trade that might have worked out perfectly for both New York and Miami in which both teams would dump big chunks of their salaries as well as head aches.
The deal was never close but was discussed, the money was even closer than the actual discussion. Buck and Bell are owed a little more than Bay on each of their remaining deals with their current clubs (Bell’s deal expires in 2014, while Bay and Buck’s expire after the 2013 season).
Here’s the stat lines for the three pieces.
Jason Bay 36 games .162/.250/.308* with 5 home runs and 8 rbi
John Buck 77 games .168/.287/.295 with 8 home runs and 26 rbi
Heath Bell 5.66 ERA 19 saves in 25 save opportunities
*Batting Average/On Base Percentage/Slugging Percentage
The deal would’ve worked better for the Mets in terms of quantity, an organization that was in need of another reliever and a back up catcher would’ve struck gold by giving up rubbish.
Regardless, the rumored deal fell through the cracks, however if the rumors are true, it is nice to see that Sandy Alderson was willing to help cut the Mets ties with Bay who has been disappointing in all three seasons with the club.
It appears that Alderson is aware of the problem he has with Bay and was looking for a potential deal, however, it’ll be interesting to see what the team decides to do with Bay in the remaining months but the mere fact that Alderson was willing to get rid of Bay and take on two contracts in hopes of adding depth to his ball club is a positive and should be lauded for his efforts.