Mets Rumors & News
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Only a few hours after a published report in the Daily News indicated that the Mets had targeted Casey Blake, Raul Ibanez, and Jason Bay in their search for a corner outfield bat, you can scratch one of those names off the list. The Los Angeles Dodgers have acqired Blake from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for two prospects, catcher Carlos Santana and RHP Jon Meloan.

Blake, a free agent at the end of the year, started off slowly this season, but has rebounded nicely, compiling a .289 average with 11 HR and 58 RBI.

Of all the players on the market, Blake was the one that this blogger most coveted. Sure, an Xavier Nady reunion would have been nice, and it will sting to see the X-Man in pinstripes, but one had to figure that the Pirates would be asking for an arm and a leg for either of Nady or Bay, leaving Blake and Ibanez as two competent and affordable options. Blake’s versatility and right-handed bat would have been a far better fit in the Mets lineup than the lefty Ibanez. Now, it appears it’s Ibanez or bust.

It’s worth noting that Mets uber-prospect Fernando Martinez is injured again, leaving Binghamton’s doubleheader on Thursday after being bothered by the same right hamstring that cost him five weeks earlier this season. At this point, the kid seems officially injury-prone. If Minaya was ever tempted to deal Martinez for someone like Jason Bay, I would think now would be the time.

Bay, 29, is currently batting .289 with 22 homers, 61 RBI, and a .383 OBP. His best season came in 2006 when he belted 25 homers and drove in 109 runs.

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