In a perfect world, the Mets will get two corner outfielders back this month in Ryan Church and Moises Alou. If either player has a major setback, GM Omar Minaya plans to look at the trade market more aggressively.
One option is free agent Barry Bonds. Minaya hasn’t called Bonds’ agent Jeff Borris and doesn’t plan to. Borris sent a statement through a spokesman saying the team does not have interest in his client. Minaya, however, did not completely dismiss the idea of signing Bonds. On the other hand, he didn’t imply interest. Kenny Lofton is another, less controversial free agent Minaya could consider.
If the Mets choose to enter the trade market for corner outfielders later this month, options abound. Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, Xavier Nady, Brian Giles, and Raul Ibanez would be tough to pry loose though. Adam Dunn is an interesting name, and recent reports indicate that he is not highly sought-after. Minaya could also consider less certain players such as Matt Murton, Frank Catalanotto, and Juan Rivera.