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Carmona Available, Should Mets Be Interested?

By Mike Silva ~ June 10th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

Matt Cerrone of Metsblog reported the Mets interest in Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, and Jake Westbrook yesterday. Of course, stars like Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt will also be available come the trading deadline. NYBD has learned that Cleveland will also listen to offers for Fausto Carmona.

Since it’s going to be difficult to pull off a deal for an ace type pitcher, the second tier starters are probably will the team will go. Millwood has come back down to earth and I still refer back to a winter report here regarding concerns about his health. Jeremy Guthrie is that perpetually talented pitcher that never seems to put it all together. Could a change of scenery be what the doctor ordered? He is having a fairly decent year (3.71 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) after the disastrous 2009. Westbrook has been injured in recent years and continues to pitch at a very pedestrian level. Again, he is someone that could benefit from a move to the NL. That brings me to Carmona.

Back in 2007 Carmona won 19 games and pitched this gem against the Yankees in the ALDS. He is pitching to a 3.49 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. He fits the same mold as Millwood, Guthrie, and Westbrook where he will give you quality innings, but nothing spectacular. Unlike the others, he is still young (26 years old) where the rest are north of 30. He is perfect for Citi Field as he throws hard, but relies mostly on his sinker to get groundball outs.

It probably will take better prospects to nab him because of his age. It would be painful to give up a Tejada, Flores, or Familia for an ace and doubly so for someone like Carmona. His contract is actually reasonable. He is guaranteed 11 million through the end of next season and has three club options for 2012-2014 that will be worth at least $28 million in total. It’s a club friendly contract for the type of starter you will receive.

If the prospect price is right Carmona might be the best option of all. He is young, still has some upside, and can benefit from a move across leagues. The key to his success is command as he walked less than three batters per nine in his successful 2007 campaign, but over five the last two years. He is around the three mark again this year which is a good sign. Would you do a Brad Holt or Kyle Allen along with Kirk Nieuwenhuis for Carmona? I might actually think about it.

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6 Responses to Carmona Available, Should Mets Be Interested?

  1. R U Kidding

    2 months rentals like Millwood and Westbrook you can get for guys like Tejada,Holt,Familia,and Allen. 5 years of a young lefty will cost a little more. Maybe FMart,Flores,or Nieuwenhuis have to be in the deal.

  2. Dan

    “He is perfect for Citi Field as he throws hard, but relies mostly on his sinker to get groundball outs.”

    Did this suddenly become a park in which fly ball outs are hard to come by?

  3. Stu B

    It’s hard to trust Carmona – he tends toward high WHIPs; 1.76 this year and 1.62 last year…any decent starting pitcher should have a WHIP no higher than 1.3 or 1.35..

  4. VoiceofReason

    Carmona would put this team over the top.

  5. Andrew

    Carmona seems like Oliver Perez v2.0 to me

  6. Stu Baron

    The question is over the top of what, VoiceofReason?

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