If the Pirates wanted to trade Benson straight up for Wigginton (which is now the case according to one article) then I don't think it would be a bad gamble. Benson has good stuff but he's been erratic and injury-prone over the course of his career. The Mets can gamble and hope that Peterson can work his mojo.
The one thing that bothers me about Ty is that his Mets career seems eerily similar to Jeff Kent (without all the clubhouse troubles). I am not just riding the Wiggy bandwagon. I was a big supporter of him last year too and what he lacks in talent he makes up for with hustle and grit. I am nervous that we sell Ty while his value is high and then he never deflates.
But I'm not sold that they simply want Wigginton. As soon as you throw J.P. (despite his sophomore struggles) or Vance Wilson into the mix I think the risk out weighs the upside.
There's also the rumor that they'd be willing to do it if the Mets take on Kendall's contract. The idea of Piazza permanently at 1st, Kendall behind the dish and the chance of Benson solidifying the rotation's backend is pretty attractive. But in this scenario the Mets most likely lose Wigginton, Phillips, Milledge and Brazell. Is that too much? I don't know but it's a hefty gamble for a team in great shape for the future.
Keep in mind Kendall is 30 and the Mets would be locked into his contract until 2007 when he's 33. Huber has started to come around after his slow start and is starting to grace the "hot prospect" sheets again. If he's the real deal then Kendall would block his path. Huber would obviously be a much cheaper option.
I have a lot of faith in J.D. He's starting to prove that he is going to be one of the better GMs in the league. I think he'll make a run at another starter if the price is right but it wouldn't bother me any if we just take a shot at this year with what we have. After another great off season the Mets are going to be a contender again next year.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey