Mets Still Trying to Fill Out Roster; Diamondbacks Want Young Pitching for Kubel

Jon Heyman gives all Mets fans a glimmer of hope that the Amazins aren’t done shaping the 2013 roster. He tweeted yesterday the organization still has quite a bit of money to spend, as they’re continuing to look for help in the outfield, rotation and bullpen. The big question is, how will Sandy Alderson spend this money he has left, if he spends it at all?

Rising Apple’s own Michael Lecolant put together a nice article on the recent news that the Wilpons borrowed $700 million against SportsNet New York to take care of their existing debt and obligations. There were some waves being made out in cyber space that New York could use some of this newly acquired money and put it right back into the team, like sign a free agent like Michael Bourn. Well, if you even though for a second something like that would happen, don’t hold your breath. Despite having “quite a bit” of money to spend, according to Heyman, Ken Davidoff writes in an article for the Post that the Mets are more likely to acquire a pitcher to fill R.A. Dickey‘s spot in the rotation instead of a proven, everyday outfielder.

October 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (35) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Davidoff also goes on to say either Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang are the most interesting options for the organization, which would come in the form of a trade with the Dodgers. Earlier this winter, Los Angeles was rumored to be interested in Bobby Parnell, but now that they recently signed southpaw reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year/$2.85 million deal, who knows if they’ll still be asking for a player like that in return.

It’s too bad LA already has too many pitchers for the starting rotation, because Nick Cafardo wrote the Mets would love to trade Johan Santana, and they are willing to eat most of his contract. Santana needs to prove that he’s healthy first before any team is willing to take a chance on him, but like I said yesterday, this news does not come as a surprise at all.

When it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks and their surplus of outfielders heading into the 2013 season, there have been plenty of rumors saying Justin Upton is back on the market, but there are just as many going the other way for Jason Kubel. Word on the street is Arizona GM Kevin Towers would rather trade Kubel (which makes a lot of sense) and they’ve been in talks with the Baltimore Orioles about him. However, the O’s haven’t jumped on this opportunity because they’re hesitant to give up the young pitching the Dbacks are requesting in return.

It’s understandable for Baltimore to feel this way, as Kubel is only guaranteed to be under contract through the end of 2013, which includes a team option for 2014. Is it worth giving up the potentially bright future for one or two years of 30 HR, 100 RBI potential? If it’s to get a team over the hump, possibly, and that’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if the O’s end up going for it. By no means should the Mets offer up some of their young pitching prospects for someone like Kubel, especially since they can’t play him everyday at DH. He could give New York some pop, but he’s left-handed, is awful defensively, and strikes out a lot. If he only possessed one of those three, I would feel a little better about taking a chance on him, but I can’t look past it.

To help you kick off the week as we wait to find out whether or not Mike Piazza will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, read what Mike Vaccaro had to say about the greatest hitting catcher of all-time.

Topics: Jason Kubel, Johan Santana, Mike Piazza, New York Mets

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