Found December 21, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
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The New York Mets are not going to compete for the playoffs in the 2013 MLB season. They know that. But that is not stopping them from looking into signing some former marquee names who are either coming off of major injuries and surgeries or down seasons or both. That is why the Mets are looking into the possibility of signing Grady Sizemore or Francisco Liriano, or perhaps even both. The Mets have a logical reasoning behind these possibilities. They know that even if they add Sizemore and Liriano, they are probably still just the third or fourth best team in the National League East. They will finish well ahead of the Miami Marlins – who should be contracted – but will struggle to place before the Philadelphia Phillies. And forget about chasing the Washington Nationals or Atlanta Braves. Nobody expects that to happen, regardless of what New York does the rest of this offseason. But if the Mets were to sign Sizemore or Liriano or both, they have one hope behind their thinking. Trade bait. If Sizemore can return to even a shell of his former self when he was one of the best overall hitters in the league with the Cleveland Indians, they know what he can do in the outfield as well if he can just remain healthy. And Liriano was once a “can’t miss” prospect who has deemed the next big thing as a starting pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. Since those days, both have fallen on hard times, suffering from countless injuries and undergoing major surgeries, all while struggling to remain healthy, but also to produce. But that does not mean that there is not time for either or both to rebound in a big way. The bottom line is that neither Sizemore not Lirinao can be asking for big money in 2013. Most likely, they will receive one year deals loaded with incentives, hoping to have big comeback seasons and turn that into a larger pay day after next season. They just won’t come from the Mets. If New York signs Sizemore and Liriano, it is not a move made for the future of their team. The trade that sent Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for a strong package highlighted by Travis d’Arnaud was made for the future. Signing David Wright to the richest contract in franchise history was made for the future. Bringing in Sizemore and/or Liriano would be for about six or seven months, although it could lead to helping build for the future, as the Mets would look to flip both of them for more prospects around the 2013 MLB Trade Deadline, provided they can prove worthy enough to help a contender during the stretch run or into the postseason. Either way, the Mets see it is a low-risk/high-reward sort of situation.   The post MLB Rumors: Mets Looking To Sign Grady Sizemore And Francisco Liriano As MLB Trade Deadline Bait? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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