Yeah, I know they're from New York, which automatically causes some folks to hate them. And if you've been a Reds fan long enough there's some unpleasant history between the two franchises.
But the Mets look like the class of the NL at the moment. They can hit. They can run. They can field. They can pitch.
Though there's no way the Mets are going to stand pat before the trading deadline. If there's a 2B upgrade to be had, expect the Mets in on that. They probably also want a RH set-up man. Yet above all that, I'm guessing Omar Minaya would like a starting pitcher or two.
He's got Pedro and Glavine. Behind them, currently, are Alay Soler (a rookie), Steve Traschel (the quintessential #5 starter) and El Duque (who is brilliant, but doesn't have much left in his arm). Mike Pelfrey could blast his way to the majors this season, though he's probably not going to be ready until the latter half of 2007 -- at least ready to play a starring role for a contender.
I'm sure Minaya will be after guys like Tim Hudson over the next month. Yet is it also possible that he might be willing to take a chance on a guy like Eric Milton? The Reds can wait to see where the next three or four weeks take them, but Milton might be right up Minaya's alley and the Mets can afford to take on contracts.
I'm not a hard-bargain driver when it comes to Milton. Take his contract and give me Royce Ring and Henry Owens in return and I'd dance a jig. Also, any team that rolled the dice on Dave Williams has got to have warm feelings about Milton.
All I'm saying is, if the Reds decide to cash in Milton before the July 31 trade deadline I figure the Mets will be the team standing at the front of the line to get him.