Another Sunday, another Sunday with the New York Mets being blown out. After taking 2 out of the 3 from the Colorado Rockies, the Mets currently sit 9.5 games out of second wild card spot in the National League. It would have been nice for to the Mets end up sweeping the Rockies and end the weekend 7.5 games out. With 7 games remaining on the home stand, I believe that if the Mets want to be involved in a discussion for the wild card spot, they will need to at least win 5 of the games. With 4 games against the Cardinals and 3 against the lonely Oakland A’s, it won’t be easy. As seen the weekend before the all-star break, the Mets went to St. Louis and lost 2 out 3, including only scoring 1 run in the final two days. The end of the home stand should be a little simpler, but let’s face it, this year nothing has been easy for the Mets. As of June 17th, the A’s are 20 games out of the division and 6.5 out of the wild card. They have also already shown that they will be sellers for this year’s trade deadline, as they have traded Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, two important arms the bullpen.
Despite taking 2 out of 3 this past weekend, and GM Sandy Alderson stating that with a really good home stand they would stay put, the Mets I believe need to sell off pieces. With reports of number 1 prospect Amed Rosario being “ready” to be called up, players will need to be moved to bring him here. As reported by Bob Klapisch Of the New Jersey Record, management doesn’t want Rosario in the majors due to the negativity of Asdrubal Cabrera in the clubhouse. On June 23rd, Cabrera came off the DL in San Francisco to find out the Mets plan to move him to second base. Seeing how he wasn’t happy, he requested a trade which would be “taken back” a couple of days later. Also since that date, Jose Reyes was moved back to his natural spot of shortstop has raised his batting average from .193 to .226, which is if anybody has watched this season, it’s extremely well for him.
Going into this season, there was so much upside to this team, 90+ wins, fighting for the division, fighting for the national league. Now after a bunch of injuries and a bunch of other questions, let’s take a look at guys who would be moved by the Mets.
Asdrubal Cabrera: This one is tricky. Reports are that the Mets have asked Cabrera to move to third base earlier in the season, than later one never asked but told him he’s moving to second. Both times, reports are that Cabrera said he would be okay with change as long as the Mets pick up his $8.5 million dollar option for 2018. Personally, if I was Cabrera, i’d stop worrying about my option for next year. Go out, play, so your value at multiple positions for teams to see. I do understand the entire he wants to be financially secure for next season with having a family, but he also needs to realize, he’s going to be 32 next year and basically playing on 1 okay leg. He needs to realize he has a lot of value being a switch hitter/veteran and add to his value as a guy who can play multiple positions. Teams will probably be hesitant to trade for him because he may look for any team to pick up his option, again which I completely understand, but he should keep his mouth shut, especially if a championship contending team wants him for the rest of the year. If he isn’t moved, he most likely be a free agent at season’s end anyways.
Lucas Duda: Currently 31, Duda will be a free agent at season’s end. Finally having found a position to play, after years of trying him at the corner outfield spots. This is a guy, who I joke with my friend, is easily the most non clutch players we have ever seen. It just feels like when he comes to the plate late in a game in a close game, he gets out, or he’ll come to the plate in a blowout of a game and home. That’s doesn’t mean he has no value. He is a pretty decent, not the best, not good just decent first baseman and he’s a lefty power bat. In 2014 and 2015, Duda his 30/27 homers respectfully, and everybody who has watched Duda knows, he has a bat that can homer. I do believe he’s better suited for an American League team, but any team would be happy with a lefty power bat for the team.
Neil Walker: Now, in all fairness, I want Walker to be the second baseman for the next 4-5 years for the Mets. He just comes off as a genuinely good/smart baseball player. I like his leadership that he seems to bring, he’s a solid fielder and a 270 career switch hitter. With all of that being said, and considering he’s a free agent at the end of the year, there no reason to listen to offers for him. Despite being hurt at this time, he is working out and scheduled to start a rehab assignment relatively soon.
Disclaimer; Mets fans might not like my thoughts on this next player
Jerry Blevins: Lefty relief pitcher, who has shown he can get right handers out also. I mean you’d like the ERA to be down a little from his 3.45, but still, he’s 33 years old with a 7 million dollar option for 2018. Not many things in baseball are more valuable than a lefty out of the pen. Every year around the deadline, left relief pitchers are highly scouted and looked for and Blevins should be a guy on the short list for teams this season. The Mets may not be able to get much value for him, but they should be able to get decent value. Note, that this is another guy that I’d love to keep, but the value to move him just makes sense.
Jay Bruce: There is absolutely zero reason for Jay Bruce to be a New York Mets come the deadline. Left handed, power hitting corner outfielder with an expiring contract. He may not be the outfielder and the best on base guy, but his value is crazy high. A guy who I believed should have been sent to Miami for the all-star game, he’s name has been linked to trades for the last two years before the Mets traded for him last July. He can be on either a National League team or an American league team and he’ll fit in. If the team isn’t happy at the of the year, he’s a free agent anyways, so ideally I do expect him to be a 2-3 month rental. The other advantage of Bruce, despite not being the best at it, he can play first base as well. The one thing to watch here, Bruce has a 8 team list, including in his contract in which he can’t be traded to. Reports say that those 8 teams are Arizona, Toronto, Oakland, Miami, Phillies, Rays, Twins and Yankees.
Curtis Granderson: The 36 year is in the final year of his contract and once again got off to a horrific start to the season. Despite starting to show signs of life, there has to be a team that see’s the left-handed vets value. Similar to Neil Walker, I love Grandy on and off the field. I’d love to see a championship contending team trade for him so he can try and win a ring this year. Being a 36 year free-agent isn’t the best thing in the world, but it’s also not the worse considering the type of person Grandy is. He’s the type of guy you want in the locker room, friendly, caring and seems to love everybody. Again, similar to Bruce, lefty bat with some pop and an expiring contract, those are the type of players with value.
Addison Reed: If you can convince me as to why the Mets shouldn’t trade Reed, there is a comments section. There is absolutely zero reason for the Mets not trade a 28 year-old closer with an expiring contract. He has shown in his time as a Met, he isn’t only a closer and he can come into the game and get big outs. He would be a huge value to a team looking for bullpen relief or even a team who needs a closer to get over the playoff hump. If anybody has to traded before or on July 31st by the Mets, it has to be Addison Reed.
I know a lot of people will say, what about Jose Reyes. So here is my take on Reyes.
- No value IMO, if he’s not going to be on the team, it will be either via DFA where he’ll be full-out released after waivers or somebody will give the Mets cash for him.
- I honestly can say, I want him on the team the rest of the year, even as a bench player. It has become well-known how close Reyes and Rosario and I think Reyes taking on a lesser role/being her to mentor Rosario, would really benefit Rosario.