2. Here is what I took from the statements of Wilpon and Minaya about offseason procurements: They will look into free agency, but they are going to see if there are deals (steals?) in the trade market by teams looking to shed payroll in this financially troublesome times. In other words, rather than give up a second-round pick if they were to sign a Type-A free agent or getting into bidding wars for players, the Mets will see if they can give up middling prospects for an overpriced commodity.
I know they have a closer, but I would take less than middling prospects for Cordero, and I would take better than middling prospects for Arroyo, if they picked up their entire contracts.
I would give them Taveras if they took him and his entire contract.