Houston trades left fielder Carlos Lee and pitcher Roy Oswalt to the Mets for Oliver Perez , minor leaguers Brad Holt, Scott Moviel, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Ruben Tejada.
Let's analyze this trade.
- The Astros are looking to cut payroll.
- Carlos Lee is due approximately $36 million over the next two years (btw - Lee does have a no trade clause). He will start next season as a 33 year old. He hit .300 with an OBP of .343. He hit 26 HR and 102 RBI and is a below average left fielder. Alternatively, you could try signing Matt Holliday for approximately $18M/year for 5+ years.
- Roy Oswalt is due approximately $33 million over the next two years. He will start next year as a 32 year old who had an off year with 30 starts but only 8-6 with a 4.12 ERA (3 complete games). In '08, he had 32 starts and was 17-10 with a 3.54 ERA.
- The Mets would be taking on $34.5M in each of '10 and '11.
- Trading Perez would send back $12 million for each of two years.
- The net result is +$22.5M/year in salaries to the Mets and -$22.5M/year in salaries to the Astros.
- Holt, Moviel, Nieuwenhuis, and Tejada; good to mid-level prospects give the Astros value for their stars but more importantly the Astros shed $22.5M in salaries.
- The Mets accomplish their objective of adding a power hitting left fielder and a reliable #2/#3 starting pitcher.
- No long term killer contracts for Lee and Oswalt - 2 years each.
What do you think? Are we giving up too much? or not enough. Or am I way off.