Earlier in the week, New York Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen expressed his desire to general manager Sandy Alderson to stay a member of the Mets. It was a nice declaration, but if the move that was completed just minutes after the All-Star Game -- trading former closer Francisco Rodriguez -- was any indication, Alderson is open to making the quick move and he's ready to be active on the trade front, as long as it makes sense.
And trading 38-year-old Isringhausen, who really has no future with the Mets, makes perfect sense.
Alderson may have a trade partner, as the Arizona Diamondbacks are said to be looking at Isringhausen and Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood as "seventh inning options," according to John Gambadoro who covers the D-Backs for KTAR 620 Sports in Phoenix.
There's no question that Izzy should be moved by July 31, and he would fit perfectly as a middle reliever on a contending team as he's got a lot of experience and he wouldn't be very costly. He currently has thrown 28 2/3 innings and allowed 21 hits while striking out 21. He has a 3.14 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
The Mets probably won't get a prospect back worth too much, but it's still the right move to do. Add a young player or two to a system craving for some, and give a major league shot to a younger player for a few months, and it's a deal well done.