15 days out, a look at the market

Updated: July 16, 2010, 10:59 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The conversations between general managers are purposeful now in advance of the July 31 trading deadline, one of them said the other day. There is less small talk, less posturing going on. We've reached that point in the schedule -- 15 days to go -- when general managers are declaring their intentions, when most of them know who they'd be willing to trade and who they'd be willing to give up.

The New York Mets would like a starting pitcher, as we've known. They've talked about the usual suspects, Jake Westbrook and Ted Lilly, and they've also talked about a pitcher who knows a lot about having success in the National League East: Brett Myers. The veteran right-hander has posted a 3.41 ERA for the Astros this year, and held opposing hitters to a .315 on-base percentage. There are some other numbers that might be attractive to the Mets, whose staff has been talking internally about the strong possibility that it won't have much financial flexibility: Because Myers is playing for a relatively modest salary of $3 million, he is owed a total of $1.2 million in salary for the rest of this season. Myers does have a $2 million buyout on an $8 million option for 2011, but any team that acquires him won't have to worry about that until after the season is over.