Author: Will Sommer (owner)
I recently had an e-mail exchange with Tim Dierkes of MlbTradeRumors.com about the Mets and the upcoming trade deadline. Mr. Dierkes's blog is ready by everyone from your casual baseball fan to major league GM's.
WS: How hard are the Mets looking for a corner outfielder? / How much would the Mets have to give up?
TD: It seems to be their top priority. They are trying to get someone decent without giving up Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, or Bobby Parnell. The Mariners want Niese for Raul Ibanez though. I don't think they'll do that.
WS: Were the Mets making a real play for Xavier Nady or Casey Blake?
TD: Both of those players were on their list, yes. I thought they'd get Blake, because Omar Minaya and Mark Shapiro work well together. However, Shapiro got a good package from the Dodgers for him.
WS: Out of Brian Fuentes, Huston Street, & Arthur Rhodes which one of these relievers might the Mets acquire? What is the likelihood that these relievers get traded somewhere?
TD: I expect Fuentes and Rhodes to be traded. Rhodes seems more likely for the Mets to me, only because he wouldn't require much of a prospect.
WS: If you were Omar Minaya would you trade Fernando Martinez for any of the available corner outfielders?
TD: If I could get Jason Bay straight up for him, I'd think about that one for a while.
WS: If the Mets can't make a trade before the deadline do you think they will promote from within?
TD: Yes, and they could also look at Kenny Lofton. Plus, players do get traded in August.
WS: Do you think the Braves are going to be buyers or sellers & will they trade Mark Teixeira?
TD: I think they will sell, and will trade Teixeira.
WS: Are the Marlins pursuing an impact player?
TD: They have an eye on Bengie Molina and various lefty relievers including Fuentes. Not sure if you consider those impact players. They're not in on any huge names that I know of.
WS: How did you start mlbtraderumors.com?
TD: I had begun a fantasy baseball blog (RotoAuthority.com) a few months earlier back in '05. I decided I wanted to blog about real baseball as a hobby, and focus on the hot stove. So I just started up MLBTR and put a link to it on RotoAuthority. MLBTR passed RotoAuthority up in traffic very quickly, probably because it appeals to a broader audience and there weren't too many sites like it.
WS: You recently told the Chicago Sun Times that you expect to top a million page views on Thursday. In your wildest imagination did you ever think your site would become so influential, both for fans and GM's?
TD: No! One million is a hard number to wrap my mind around. I will try not to mess it up.
WS: Where does most of your info come from agents, team executives, or analysts?
TD: Almost all of my information comes from published reports from journalists. I have a small (but growing!) network that I can get the occasional tidbit from.
WS: Who's your favorite team?
TD: The Cubs.
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