|Heath Bell (right) has $20M and John Buck $8M remaining on their contracts. (US Presswire)|
The teams did talk briefly about such a deal before the deadline, as Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reported. Unfortunately for the Mets, the talks didn't last.
Word is, the Mets called back with "some questions.'' No word on what the questions were, but it's possible they were looking to even the money out a little bit.
Bay is owed $24 million on his $66 million, four-year contract while Bell and ($20 million) and Buck ($8 million) are owed $28 million. So that's a possibility.
Whatever, this a deal the Mets need to try hard to make. All three of those players will clear waivers if they haven't already, so it's still possible to do such a deal. I suggest the Mets call back immediately.
All three players are abject underachievers for their current teams after being strong performers with previous teams. Bay, a star with the Pirates and Red Sox before signing his big contract with the Mets, was hitting .157 going into Wednesday night's game between the Mets and Marlins. Bell was 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA and Buck was hitting .177.
Bay needs to leave the Mets, who are loathe to just eat the money on deals that don't work. The same could be said for Bell and Buck, though they have the advantage of not feeling the New York wrath in Miami.
The Marlins did try hard to trade Bell before the deadline, sources suggest. But a Marlins person said the belief is Bell is currently showing signs of improvement and that person said he didn't see much chance this two-for-one deal for Bay had of happening.
Word Wednesday was they may even give Bell yet another shot at closing, in fact. And it's true that Bell's had only one bad year in Miami to three for Bay in New York, so I could see why the Marlins wouldn't be so anxious to make this trade, even if it was their idea originally.
That's too bad because all three players could use a change of scenery. I suppose it just makes too much sense.