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Jason Marquis for Victor Diaz?

Just got word from my main Mets source with all sorts of good info.

With Pedro's status a question mark at this point, Omar Minaya would like to add a proven veteran starting pitcher to the middle of the rotation.  The Mets first preference is Jason Marquis (a New York native, for what it's worth).  They've offered a package beginning with Victor Diaz to entice Walt Jocketty.  Diaz would probably be an upgrade over the Cards' current left field options.  The Mets aren't thrilled with Diaz's defense and would be content to try Xavier Nady in right field.


Other options include two Boston starters.  The Mets would love to bring Matt Clement back to the NL, but they don't want to give up a lot to get him and are wary of his salary.  Bronson Arroyo's name has also come up.

The White Sox could also be a factor if they decide to part with Jose Contreras.

Keep an eye this spring on the right field battle, Pedro's toe, and the 4th-5th starter spots in the rotation.  A spring trade is a good possibility.

The Soriano thing has pretty much been debunked; the Mets will see where Kaz Matsui takes them and then try Anderson Hernandez as needed.

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