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UPDATE: Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada called up, not traded

Aug 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Mets have summoned Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Buffalo, as alluded to earlier. No word yet on what the corresponding roster moves will be.

9:19 AM: A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that neither Fernando Martinez or Ruben Tejada were placed on waivers, and thus, can’t be traded. And honestly, you’d have to think someone would claim them before the Mariners would even have the chance.

Another source adds that the moves were “internal stuff,” meaning that Martinez and Tejada are likely to be called up from the minors, not traded. The current buzz is that Alex Cora and Jeff Francoeur could be on their way out to make room for the new arrivals, but nothing will be confirmed until later today. Carry on, everyone.

8:30 AM: Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada were scratched from last night’s game with Triple-A Buffalo, prompting many to wonder if a trade or a promotion were imminent. We got our answer just a little after 1 a.m. EST.

Two sources — one with ties to the Mets organization, the other formerly with the organization — tell Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that the Mariners are involved with trade dialogue with the Mets and that Martinez could be included in a potential deal.

Upon hearing this, I immediately racked my brain for the most obvious trade candidates from Seattle. Outside of Jose Lopez, David Aardsma or Brandon League, Chone Figgins strikes me as the most likely possibility. There were some conflicting reports about his availability around the trade deadline, but his big contract should be able to pass through waivers with relative ease.

Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing has come to a similar conclusion, thinking that the two teams are working on a mutual dump of Figgins and Luis Castillo. Figgins is owed $9 million in each of the next two seasons, $8 million in 2013 and has a $9 million vesting option for 2014. Castillo will make $6 million next season in the final year of a four-year, $25 million contract.

It’s all guess work for now, so feel free to post your theories in the comments.

  1. Adenzeno - Aug 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Typical Mets trade- Get the guy at the end of his career. While I dont see FMart or Tjada as anything more than an average ML player, they could have been packaged for Oswalt(another end of line guy, but a pitcher they need). Omar is lost at sea.

  2. Mike88 - Aug 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    How about a trade of the GM’s?

  3. -z- - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    The only thing constant in the Mets horror show are the Wilpons, Fred and the idiot son. Until the next Bernie Madoff comes along and gets their last dime, forcing a sale, the Mets aren’t going anywhere. Fred just confirmed that he’s not going to fire Omar – and even if he did – He’s the one who will be hiring the next incompetent for the job – Well, maybe not Fred as he also gave a vote of confidence to the idiot son by bragging about what a great job he thought he was doing. The Mets are a train wreck and if you don’t like watching train wrecks avert your eyes.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I prepped for this as a kid by running my Lionel locomotive at full speed into the curves. Great fun. Then I was a Mutts fan for decades, but between ’69, ’73 and ’86 too much stuff went right. Cancel out the subway series because it was offset by 9/11 but I still have fond memories John Stears stalking up and down the dugout chanting “The monster is out of the cage! The monster is out of the cage!” I was afraid he was referring to Tor Johnson at the time, but I know better now – he meant Omar Minaya.

  5. Reflex - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Players can be traded without being placed on waivers. The limitation as I understand it is that they are not eligible for postseason play. Since neither the Mets nor the M’s are going to the postseason, that is not a limitation that matters.

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