Originally Posted by 15fan
I think that's where you look.
Good OF glove, 100+ RBI machine.
Put him in the lineup with Bruce, Votto, Rolen and Phillips and I think you're going somewhere.
By merely taking on the salary over the next 2 years, you might not have to give up two arms and a leg to get him.
As for the no trade clause, you sell him on the kind of numbers that he'll put up playing 81 games a year in Cincinnati, and plenty more in places like Wrigley and Pittsburgh. Those numbers help him either secure one last decent contract and/or make him attractive to a contender when he's a FA.
The only thing looming here is potential microfracture surgery on his knee. Although he's been playing in A ball for a late season comeback. Some think it's a showcase to prove he's healthy going into the offseason.
The Mets have a lot of issues right now. The Wilpons, who own the team, lost in the neighborhood of $350-$700M in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme (it's been reported, not confirmed). To the point where the speculation is anywhere from a huge reduction in payroll, to possibly selling the team.
It will be an interesting offseason for the Mets.