The more i've thought about this, the more confused I am... why trade Benson for Jorge Julio, a pitcher whose ERA has skyrocketed since an above average year in 2002? Plus, our bullpen is simply full of righties.
I understand Heilman wants to start, but now I'd be in favor of trading him if it lands Zito. Otherwise, I'll be very disappointed with this trade.
Plus, we went from a team with some of the most depth in the starting rotation in the league (Martinez, Glavine, Benson, Trachsel, Seo) to mediocre at best (Martinez, Glavine, Trachsel, Zambrano, Heilman).
I guess some of it rides on how Heilman performs... he has an awful lot of potential, but I thought with his wicked changeup he'd still be a better fit in the bullpen.
The Pro Sports Daily highly unreliable rumor mill is reporting from a few sources that the Mets are also interested in Jeff Weaver. I don't know how I feel about that, but Zito is mentioned as well, a day after the following:
"As for other moves, Jeff Weaver, Ramirez and Barry Zito aren't current options, and Kaz Matsui remains unmovable. A team official said signing outfielder Jeff DaVanon isn't likely, and Minaya indicated he's keeping Victor Diaz."
That's in direct opposition to the Zito trade rumors and talks of nabbing Lugo in exchange for, at least, Matsui (if it's possible to move his over-inflated salary, even if the Mets eat most of it, which they'd have to).