After news of discontent between Beltran and the Minaya Regime, I suggested that GMJ should be sent to the Mets if it was at all possible. Apparently Reagins reads our posts and takes note...or at least felt the same.
The Mets will acquire Gary Matthews Jr. from the Angels, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter). Not surprisingly, the Angels will pick up much of Matthews Jr.'s salary, Heyman hears. The outfielder is set to make $11MM in 2010 and $12MM in 2011. He'll receive a $500K assignment bonus for being traded, according to Cot's.
That's all it says so far. No word on who or what we're getting in return. Obviously we're getting at least some cash but hopefully we're getting some players as well. Personally, I'd prefer a backup infielder and/or a halfway decent pitching prospect.
This is a great move for both the Angels and GMJ. He just wasn't ever going to get any starting time here. All three of our starting OFs are better offensively than him and at least as good defensively, maybe with the exception of Bobby Abreu. Gary did play well of the bench, especially last year, and didn't complain or cause any problems because he wanted to be traded and for that I say we owe him our thanks. We should all wish him well in New York.
In light of this (if it goes through) and the Pineiro signing, I'd say Tony has earned his Red Belt back for now. (Yes, Red Belt. We're the Angels; we wear red stuff!)
What do you guys think? What do you hope for in return?
The Angels showed interest in reliever Brian Stokes, but it's not known if he's part of the deal. The clubs were discussing minor leaguers.
10:28am: The Mets will send a "low-salaried pitcher" off the big league roster to the Angels, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, via Twitter.
10:55am: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that the Angels will acquire Brian Stokes in the deal. The 30-year-old allowed 72 hits and 38 walks in 70.1 innings last year, striking out 45 for a 3.97 ERA.
11:20am: Heyman tweets that the Angels will pick up all but $2MM of the $23.5MM remaining on Matthews Jr.'s deal.