Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/18/11

On Wednesday afternoon, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that the Mets and Rockies briefly talked about building a trade around Huston Street and Mike Pelfrey:

#Mets and #Rockies briefly talked about building something around Huston Street and Pelfrey but Mets do not seem overly enamored with Street about 19 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @Joelsherman1 Joel Sherman

Here’s the thing, while I totally agree with most fans in that Pelfrey has been one of the biggest disappointments as well as one of the most frustrating players to watch I do not believe the Mets should trade him for Street.  And so, I am very pleased to hear that the Mets “do not seem overly enamored with Street.”

First off, if you had forgotten, NY recently hired Bob Geren — Street’s former manager from his days with Oakland — to be the clubs bench coach; and it wasn’t too long ago that Street said the following about his former manager:

Bob was never good at communication, and I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but it was a sentiment reflected in many conversations during the two years I spent in Oakland, and even recently when talking to guys after I left. For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.”

Besides his harsh comments for the Mets new bench coach, Street has become an injury risk.  He missed time in each of the last two season including multiple injuries — a strained tricep and groin injury — in 2011; that led to a 3.86 ERA in 58 1/3 innings pitched:

While it is obvious the Mets need to improve the back-end of their bullpen — specifically the closer role — Street  is due $7.5 million next season. The Mets have reached out to the agents of both Frank Francisco and Matt Capps, who I would believe, NY could certainly sign for far less than what Street is due next season.

Recently, I wrote a post on why I believed the Mets should tender Pelfrey a contract, stating his value as being a durable pitcher who — quality not withstanding — gives you 200 innings a year:

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The one thing Pelfrey has provided the Mets with over his tenure, besides finger-licking heartburn, is an ability to stay healthy while giving  the club a high number of innings pitched each season; which should not go overlooked.

Over the last four seasons Mike has made no less than 31 starts while tossing close to 200 frames in each; even eclipsing that number in 2008 (200 2/3) and 2010 (204). Knowing that every fifth day you have a durable starter who can go out there and be an innings-eater  — the quality of those inning not withstanding — has, in itself, become valuable in Major League Baseball.  I used to take that for granted but have come to realize that it’s simply not something that is not easily replaceable.  In 2011, for example, less than 40 starters hit the 200 innings mark.  Mike almost hit that number and was one of 44 starters to make that same list in 2010.”

I’m sure there are some fans reading this post who would trade Pelfrey for a dozen donuts and warm cup of coffee. And look, I’m not saying that I am opposed to the idea of trading Pelfrey, but if his trade value is Hudson Street then I am not.  If the Mets can improve the club while dealing big Pelf then I would be, as Master P would say ‘Bout it Bout it,’ but this deal doesn’t fit that bill; especially when their are healthier, cheaper (closer) options on the market this off-season.

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