Friday, July 21, 2006

Will Willis Wind Up With Wilpon's Winners??!!

Apparently, the Marlins' are not totally adverse to trading Dontrelle Willis- they are simply holding out for the exact minor leaguers that they want before they will consider trading him, which makes sense. This also clears up the rumors about his availability, as some clubs stated he was not available, and others said he was. The Mets may be in their division, but the fish have shown they have no aversion to trading with them, witness the deals that brought us Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca. The Mets DO have a package that the fish want, which would include Aaron Heilman and Lastings Milledge. In the past, we have been against trading Milledge, as we don't want to lose another home-grown player who could roam the outfield for the next 10 years for us; however, Willis, as we have said, at 25 and left-handed, is one of the 2 or 3 most desirable pitchers in all of baseball when his talent and marketability are factored in to the equation. Heilman is one of those players that just won't get the chance to show what he can do as a starter with us, and would be better served at this point with a change of scenery. Milledge, while having the tools to be a star, does not look like he will become a real power hitter any time soon (though he could still grow into it). Therefore, if it took trading the two of them in order to acquire Willis, there's no doubt in our minds that we should make this deal. We still doubt that Willis will be traded anywhere, but the Mets, as opposed to what has been written about them in the off-season, have a plethora of young talent to trade for someone like Willis...10 days left for shopping, boys and girls...

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