The news came in today that Brian Stokes was sent to the Angels for Gary Matthews, Jr. Not only that but the Angels are paying $21.5 million of the $23 million left on his contract (over two years). Now that’s a team that really wanted to get rid of a player. When I first heard that the Mets got Matthews, I assumed that Luis Castillo was going to the Angels. I’m still shocked that the Mets couldn’t dump Castillo on the Angels in return for Matthews.
This trade shouldn’t make that much of a difference in the 2010 season. If it does, the Mets are in trouble. That means that Carlos Beltran didn’t recover from knee surgery and return in May as planned. And Matthews ends up getting more playing time than anyone could have anticipated. He’ll still have to fight off Angel Pagan for playing time in center while Beltran is out. I like Pagan’s chances in the match up.
I really hope Matthews can return to playing like he did when he was allegedly buying HGH in 2004. His career started to take off in 2005 and peaked in 2006. MLB doesn’t test for Human Growth Hormone so there’s no reason to think that he can’t return to form. Not that I’m condoning HGH use, but you have to do what you have to do, Gary.
Matthews did play in two games for the Mets in 2002, getting one at-bat before being traded to the Orioles.
Here’s some video analysis from ESPN.