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Mets Rumors: Mets, Marlins Talked Jason Bay, Heath Bell, John Buck

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April 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay (44) during batting practice before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
April 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay (44) during batting practice before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Though a deal was reportedly never close, the Miami Marlins and New York Mets discussed a trade that would have involved Mets outfielder Jason Bay and Marlins reliever Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Consider this fascinating change-of-scenery exchange that the Miami Marlins and New York Mets kicked around, according to major league sources:

Outfielder Jason Bay to the Marlins for reliever Heath Bell and catcher Joe Buck.

Rosenthal notes that Bay would have become the Marlins left fielder, enabling Logan Morrison to move to first base as Carlos Lee’s eventual replacement. In Buck and Bell, the Mets would have been able to add the catching and relief help they were seeking this summer.

While the deal makes sense, there were money issues that would have complicated the trade, according to Rosenthal, as Bay earns a bit less than Bell and Buck.

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Who would the winner of this trade have been?

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