Milledge batted .241 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 56 games with the Mets and garnered an organizational Sterling Award at Triple-A Norfolk – indicative of his club's most valuable player – after batting .277 with seven home runs and 36 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 84 games there.
The Mets' acquisition of outfielder Ben Johnson, a 25-year-old right-handed hitting talent who had formerly been one of the San Diego Padres' top prospects, could help replace any void in the system left by Milledge.
Outfielders Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez are also very high on the team's depth charts – in fact, Gomez has now replaced Milledge atop Inside Pitch's prospect rankings for 2007. The 21-year-old shared a Sterling Award with Michel Abreu at Double-A Binghamton, batting .281 with seven homers and 48 RBI in 120 games.
All this seems to make Milledge expendable and available. Newsday reported Monday that Mets GM Omar Minaya has already had conversations with the Chicago White Sox regarding pitchers Javier Vazquez (2006: 11-12, 4.84 ERA in 33 starts) and Freddy Garcia (2006: 17-9, 4.53 ERA in 33 starts).
The bench would likely be comprised of Endy Chavez as a fourth outfielder and perhaps Johnson as a complementary fifth outfielder, although Milledge could challenge for that spot in the event he is not traded by spring training.
Glavine is still undecided as to where he wants to pitch next season. It is believed he would like the opportunity to discuss his situation with the Atlanta Braves.
If Glavine returns, the Mets' rotation is currently comprised as follows: Glavine, RHP Orlando Hernandez, RHP John Maine, LHP Oliver Perez, with RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Brian Bannister or RHP Philip Humber as the fifth starter.