Bob Elliott chatted with readers today over at the Toronto Sun, and while it may be true that I took something of a mocking tone yesterday when I linked to a previous chat, today I’m going to go with a different approach, because it turns out he’s let loose all kinds of interesting tidbits in there.
On starting pitching:
“They are looking for better than Marcum.”
Names of interest on that front, he says, are “Dickey, Niese, [Wade] Davis.”
“It would be nice [to keep Arencibia and Rasmus], but they are looking for a No. 1 guy. Right now they have a lot of No. 3s or maybe Morrow is a No. 2 and Johnson could be if his shoulder allows him to add missing MPH.”
Related to that, he explains that he’s “talked to a GM who said Gose was best long term, Rasmus best to have for this yr. Another said Tor has enough offence it could move both Gose and JP.”
“They have been trying on Dickey, but as the old saying goes you need 6 starters to start spring training — only 5 will be healthy opening day.”
And as for Arencibia and Gose for Dickey, he is “told yes it gets it done, but Mets still looking for better offers.”
“Have not heard his name of late,” he says of a potential play for Brandon McCarthy. And on Joe Saunders he adds, “they spoke to his agent at GMs meetings.”
On position player rumours:
“They were this AM,” he says when asked whether the Braves want Emilio Bonifacio. “They think he would steal 75-80 bags. But the Jays are not trading him.”
Responding to a question about a crazy Cliff Lee for Jacoby Ellsbury suggestion, Elliot notes that the “Phillies have looked at Fowler, Rasmus and other CFs.”
“Unless someone has a no trade clause why would GM ever guarantee trades or non trades,” he says of the confidence JP Arencibia has displayed regarding his place on the team.
“They did talk to Texas about Profar and were told no,” he says.
Asked what the big deal with d’Arnaud is, Elliott explains that “they say he is a better receiver, has a better arm, will hit for a better AVG, but JP has more pop.”
“That’s a secret,” he says of what’s left. “But they could handle Dickey’s $5M.”
“Think he can add some … but they’re roughly at $120. They won’t go a lot higher.”
There is a lot more in there than just this, so go have a read of the whole thing– especially if you’re not quite finished pining for RA Dickey– who, incidentally, and as many have pointed out, mentioned the possibility of landing in Toronto last night in an appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Now, it was an entirely off-hand comment– frankly, it sounded like he mentioned the frightening (to him) possibility of landing in either Toronto or L.A., due to all the godless heathens– but still… interesting. Maybe he an Elliott have some of the same sources. Because there sure seems like there might be more interest there than the club is letting on. And the stuff that makes it sounds like a Arencibia/Gose deal is possibly even on the table and the Mets are fishing for better returns? That’s very interesting– y’know, if you can be bothered to buy it.
(c/g to @BringVottoHome for the tip)