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Maybe the Mets Should Trade for Sonnanstine

By Mike Silva ~ March 17th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

John Morosi and Ken Rosenthal said yesterday there will be plenty of trade rumors surrounding Rays RHP Andy Sonnanstine over the final few weeks of spring training. The Rays, of course, have an excess of pitching and Sonnanstine might be the sixth starter in their rotation.

Although WFAN’s Ed Coleman said Jonathan Niese has pitched better than his numbers (7.04 ERA), I still think he could benefit starting the season in AAA. The other options are Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa, and Hisanori Takahashi who either are better in the bullpen, unwanted, or unknown. Sonnanstine is someone that could translate well to the National League and provide the Mets with more of a guarantee in the fifth spot.

What would Tampa want? Obviously taking on payroll is something that is out of the question, would a Chris Carter for Sonnanstine swap make sense? With Carlos Pena in his walk year Carter might have longer term value to Tampa, plus he appears to be more of an American League DH type anyway.

Sonnanstine is coming off a miserable year, but he won 13 games and pitched 193 innings in 2008. He always has performed better when you measure his FIP (4.38) versus his ERA (5.40), so perhaps he has suffered from some bad luck in his career. The one issue is, as a groundball pitcher, the Mets suspect infield defense may not help turn that around.

Anyway, this is the kind of move I would be looking to make if I were Omar Minaya. You never can have enough pitching and perhaps an asset like Chris Carter could get it done.

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2 Responses to Maybe the Mets Should Trade for Sonnanstine

  1. R U Kidding

    Starting pitcher for a 4A player. Yeah, Tampa will do that.

  2. Stu Baron

    From rotoworld.com…

    Sonnanstine has never thrown very hard, usually in the 85-89 mph range, so once he doesn’t know where the ball is going, he’s extremely flammable. The Rays found that out the hard way last season as Sonnanstine’s walk rate increased from 1.72 BB/9 all the way to 3.09 BB/9. Without his standard command, Sonnanstine allowed a mind-blowing 19 home runs in just 99 2/3 innings — or 1.72 HR/9. After putting up a 6.61 ERA over his first 15 starts, the Rays demoted him at the end of June. Sonnanstine fared better in nine starts with Triple-A Durham, posting a 4.40 ERA and 36/9 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings, but after returning to the Rays as a September call-up, he was even worse than when he left, allowing 15 runs and four home runs in 18 innings (7.50 ERA) while compiling an ugly 10/12 K/BB ratio. Naturally, it’s no small leap to say he doesn’t have much of a shot to start the season in the starting rotation, let alone as an extra arm in the bullpen. He shouldn’t be anywhere near your fantasy radar until he rediscovers his command on the major league level.

    Can this guy really be considered a major league starter at this point?

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