Matthews Comes While Stokes Goes

By / January 22, 2010 / Hot Stove

Wow! Gary Matthews, Jr. is now with the New York Mets. Unreal! I mean, this deal could be fruitful. The Mets only sent away Brian Stokes.

Not really feeling this deal.

Here’s the nuts and bolts of it.

The Angels are paying the bulk of the contract. Matthews is owed $24 million. So, according to Jon Heyman, the Angels will eat $21.5 million over the next two years and the Mets will handle $1.25 million for each season.

So that’s how we are spending some of the money that we were going to give Bengie Molina.

Here’s why I’m not happy. Matthews has been hampered with injuries just as much as Angel Pagan. Now, with the Mets medical staff being as it is, do we really want another injury prone player on this team?

This is not a great trade. It is not even good. It is decent at best. I agree with Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog when he said:

To me, I don’t understand how that, plus giving up a pitcher, is better than, say, re-signing a guy like Jeremy Reed, who just signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.

Stokes, when given some time, would have proven to be more valuable than Matthews.

I want to see a pitcher. That is all I want. At this point, I don’t care about anything else.

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