Buster Olney reported on 11/6 that the Mets are looking for an innings eater. So, how much do you think the Giants would have to eat in order to send Zito to New York. I think the Giants should view this opportunity -- if the Mets are interested -- desperately. The circumstances that could make this trade happen might not present themselves again:
Zito reportedly preferred to sign with New York last year. Rumor has it that his father offered Omar Minaya a chance to match the Giant's deal.
The Mets do not have the prospects they need to get a front line starter. The only way to get Santana, Oswalt, Lincecum, or Kazmir is via Wright or Reyes.
Zito is a better alternative than Lohse or Silva, especially if the Giants eat a portion of the salary.
Why would the Giants consider?
It is pretty apparent that Zito is not going to be the face of the franchise as a #3/4 starter. And really, does a last place team need a "face of the franchise?"
This year's crop of free agent starters is so bad, that one could argue that Zito is a relatively good gamble for a deep-pocketed team. However, Zito's contract becomes a poison pill if he posts another mediocre year.
The Giants best strategy is to clear Zito's spot in the rotation to take a chance on one-year deals with the Mark Priors of the world. One year for $5M plus incentives. If Prior performs well, the Giants should trade him mid-season for prospects. If he bombs, bring up Travis Blackley. Either way, the team, as currently constructed, won't score enough for 90 wins.
So, the million dollar question (worth $250K each):
How much money will the Giants have to eat to make this deal?
Who do you think they can get back?
Do you think Zito will waive his no-trade?
Am I smoking crack?
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