Today, Sweeny Murti provided Mike and the Mad Dog with some very interesting information about the Mets and a conversation initiated by the Detroit Tigers.
While the Marlins didn't want to trade inside their own division, the Tigers could care less about the reason why the Marlins shied away from the Mets. Now that their deal is final for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera, they contacted Omar Minaya to gather his interest on trading for Willis. The kicker being that they want to ship Pudge off to NY and shed the 13 million they just gave to him.
There was no official offer exchanged, but this is definitely something the Mets have to consider. The hardest thing to work with is that Pudge has that no trade clause, so shipping him off to another team is nearly impossible. Who would have to go in the trade is debatable. Do the Mets give up on Ramon Castro? I would without batting an eye.
The Willis thing is something that I commented on earlier stating there was a possibility that it could happen. I just didn't expect Detroit to initiate the conversation. It definitely does make sense. Considering the fact that Dontrelle had struggled so mightily in the NL East the last two years, going to the AL with his 5+ era is not something the Tigers are too excited about. The deal was really for Cabrera. Now they can re-stock their farm, and/or get off the 13 million dollar hook with Pudge.
D-Train was the pitcher I was pulling for the Mets to acquire due to how little he would cost. Now the Mets have a legitimate chance to get that front line starter they needed. Even if many have soured on him thanks to his last two seasons. The guy belongs in the NL thanks to his bat. The guy belongs with the Mets. And I think he knows it.