ESPN.com'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.