Report: Mets, Rays, Cubs, Angels Talked Four-Way Trade at Winter Meetings

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17:  Gary Matthews Jr. #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base on his way to scoring in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during Game Two of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images's Jayson Stark is reporting (hat tip to MLB Trade Rumors) that, at the winter meetings earlier this month, the New York Mets were involved in a four-team trade proposal with the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Angels.

Had the deal of went through, here is how things would have panned out:

New York Mets Trade: Luis Castillo
Tampa Bay Rays Trade: Pat Burrell
Chicago Cubs Trade: Milton Bradley
Los Angeles Angels Trade: Gary Matthews Jr.

New York Mets Receive: Gary Matthews Jr.
Tampa Bay Rays Receive: Milton Bradley
Chicago Cubs Receive: Luis Castillo
Los Angeles Angels Receive (Presumably): Pat Burrell

However, as Stark points out, the deal fell through for an unknown reason. I'm merely speculating here, but when dealing with such large and huge contracts, it probably came down to money.

Last season with the Angels, Matthews hit .250 with only four home runs and 50 RBI in 316 at-bats. Those numbers are rather unimpressive to say the least, and, to be honest, I think the Mets are better off holding on to Castillo.