Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey apparently are willing to check their front-of-the-rotation egos if the Mets want to bring in another big gun.
It seems like a no-brainer that players would welcome a teammate who could help them win a championship, but the Mets' top two starters were unusually open in comments to the New York Daily News about their desire to see the team add Cliff Lee (pictured) or Roy Oswalt.
"There's no question, what we're looking for is a championship," Santana said. "You get into that category of pitchers, that's what they do. To go along with what we have, there's nothing wrong with getting better."
"We've been playing great, but to go out and add a guy like [Oswalt or Lee], it might put us over the top," Pelfrey said. "You would definitely love to have those guys on your team. I think those are some of the elite pitchers in the game. It definitely can help if you go out and get them."
Both pitchers were sure to praise the other members of the current rotation, Jon Niese, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey. All three have been integral to the Mets being where they are (the Mets would be the National League wild-card team if the playoffs started today), but one would have to be sacrificed if Lee or Oswalt came on.
Tuesday, manager Jerry Manuel added his voice to the chorus.
"The more aces you can put out on the mound obviously the better your chances," Manuel said.
The comments don't really rise to the level of pressuring the team to get Lee or Oswalt, but it does make you wonder what these guys will have to say if the trade deadline passes without any action by the Mets.
-- David Andriesen
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