Are the Chicago White Sox done dealing? John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus mongers this doozy of a rumor:
Though the White Sox have a trade in place to ship right-hander Javier Vazquez to the Braves, they aren't done dealing, and there are whispers that they are working on a blockbuster that would send closer Bobby Jenks and right fielder Jermaine Dye to the Mets for a package that would include center-field prospect Fernando Martinez.
I admit this looks like a very good deal for the Mets. When the 2008 season ended, the expectations were the Mets would spend $10-$15 MM a year on a closer. Thanks the the wonders of financial engineering, the Mets can get a closer and a real OF for just about $15MM - 11.5 MM for Dye and whatever Jenks gets in his 1st year of arbitration. The Mets would have an option on Dye for 2010 and still have Jenks under control for another three years.
Fernando Martinez is a top prospect, but he has lost a bit of sheen after stumbling in AA. He just turned 20, though, and already has almost 600 ABs at AA - none as a 20-year-old.