Armando Reyes sent an email asking:
"Do you foresee the Mets getting another top-of-the-rotation starter that could combine with Johan Santana and give them a 1-2 punch that could at least give life to a weak rotation or at least provide some depth in the event Santana goes down?"Based on reports, it appears the Mets recognize their shortcomings in the rotation and are at least kicking the tires on some names to fill the void. They were rumored to inquire about Mark Buehrle at the winter meetings in Dallas and they seem to be at least watching the Gio Gonzalez trade sweepstakes. I do think the odds are long they acquire Gonzalez because Oakland is reportedly asking for the moon, sun and stars in return and with Sandy Alderson apparently in accumulation mode when it comes to building his farm system, there just doesn't seem to be a match in terms of present-day strategy.
That being said, if the price for Gonzalez drops (and it will if Billy Beane intends to trade Gonzalez and doesn't get the bites he's looking for) things could change. But Beane doesn't have to trade Gonzalez right now, as he's still a relatively inexpensive top-of-the-rotation value despite being eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Gonzalez signed a one-year, $420,000 contract with the A's last March and is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicts Gonzalez will earn $4.2 million through arbitration.
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