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Rangers official says 3-team deal 'not happening'

Nov 20, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

Various rumors have been swirling around today about a potential three-team trade that would supposedly send Kevin Millwood to the Mets, Luis Castillo to the Cubs, and Milton Bradley to the Rangers.
Even at first glance that seems like a “which one of these things doesn’t belong” test question, because while the Mets and Cubs would like nothing more than to dump Castillo and Bradley the Rangers have a whole lot less incentive to give up Millwood.
He’ll make $12 million in 2010, which is certainly pricey, but that’s the same amount the Mets still owe Castillo and Bradley is due $21 million over the next two years.
Millwood is likely to regress in 2010 because his secondary numbers weren’t nearly as good as his 3.67 ERA, but the notion of paying a decent mid-rotation starter $12 million for one year is downright appealing compared to Bradley or Castillo for two years.
Not surprisingly, when’s T.R. Sullivan actually asked a high-ranking Rangers official about the rumored swap, the response was simple: “Not happening.”
It’s possible that Texas may be open to reuniting with Bradley, who had the best season of his career with the Rangers in 2008, but there’s no reason for them to give up anything of value to make that happen and the idea that the Mets could deal a completely unwanted player in Castillo for a decent starting pitcher is awfully wishful thinking.

  1. EvilEmpirE2009 - Nov 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM


  2. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Given the way Hicks has “invested” his money so far, he’s probably looking to form a limited partnership to buy Bernie Madoff’s debt.

  3. kirk - Nov 20, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Wilpon please stop Minaya from making this deal. That is an awful deal.Good for the Cubs, horrible for the Mets and Rangers. I’d rather keep Castillo than waste time with Millwood. Is Millwood like 75 years old?

  4. Grant - Nov 22, 2009 at 2:20 AM

    Castillo is less than a year older and much more likely to regress.

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