According to WFAN, the Mets have traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church.
The news comes as a shock to a lot of Mets fans, who had widely hoped that Milledge would be included in a package for a top-flight starter such as Oakland’s Dan Haren or Baltimore’s Eric Bedard. At the very least fans assumed Milledge could be included in a package to bring back innings-eating workhorse Joe Blanton.
As it turns out, those hopes were delusional. The Mets reportedly shopped Milledge around extensively and found zero interest in the player around the league. Given everything that’s happened to Lastings during his first few seasons in the majors, it’s not altogether surprising that his stock has fallen, but it is somewhat amazing just how far and how quickly it fell.
The Mets, who evidently never had any intention of going into spring training with Johnny Estrada on the roster, have plugged their hole at catcher and added some depth to their outfield while eliminating a player they viewed as a bust on the field and a headache off it. Nevertheless, people are bound to argue that the team gave up on Milledge too quickly, and the organization will certainly look foolish if Milledge turns into an All-Star for the division rival Nats. More than anything, I can’t help but think what could have been. There was a time not too long ago when the team seemed poised to acquire Roy Oswalt in a three-way deal in exchange for Milledge and Aaron Heilman. Just a short time later, Milledge is gone for a bag of balls. To me, this deal is less about how it will affect the Mets on the field, and more about the meteoric fall of L Millz.
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