Although Williams has yet to make a formal request of Minaya, the Mets assume they'd have to cough up Lastings Milledge and one of a handful of blue-chip prospects such as Mike Pelfrey or Phillip Humber for Buehrle and Jermaine Dye - with only a small probability of being able to sign Buehrle as a free agent.
[New York Daily News]
A Mets official suggested the asking price for a frontline starting pitcher via trade - think the White Sox's Mark Buehrle - is currently three top prospects, which is too steep.
[New York Times]
The Chicago White Sox may offer Mark Buehrle, who is a free agent after the season, but, if they want Gómez or Milledge, Minaya would not listen for too long. The Mets do not want to deal premium talent for a pitcher they would rent for a few months. But Minaya would most likely have a different reaction if he could acquire an elite pitcher who is under contract.Hmmm... Jon Garland, perhaps, with the Sox retaining Mr. Buehrle?