New York Mets: 5 Players the Mets Could Trade Before July 31 Deadline
The New York Mets are headed for their fifth straight losing season and another summer spent in baseball oblivion.
Despite the recent sweep of the Yankees, the Mets stand at 22-30 and nine games back of the Braves in the NL East through the month of May. The Mets have finished in fourth place in each of the past four seasons and are likely to finish in that same spot this season.
Of course, Matt Harvey has been a bright spot and David Wright remains one of the best third basemen in baseball, but the team is filled with underachievers.
The Mets are certain to be sellers in this season's trade market as the team concludes a multi-year rebuilding process.
Sure, it’s only the beginning of June, but here are five players the Mets could move before the July 31 trade deadline.
Bobby Parnell, RHP
Bobby Parnell is the real deal.
This season, Parnell has finally turned the corner to become a legitimate closer. He’s been a bright spot in a bullpen that sports a 4.57 ERA, second-worst in the majors.
In his first full season in the role, Parnell has compiled a 1.85 ERA in 24.1 innings. His nine saves already mark a career high.
For those reasons, Parnell is a perfect sell-high candidate and is certain to be a hot commodity on the trade market should the Mets decide to go that route.
Mets fans might feel betrayed by the sudden departure of a player they’ve watched develop, but there’s no greater waste of talent than a closer on a bad team.
Trade him or keep him, this is one situation that’s a win-win for the Mets.
Ike Davis, 1B
Who would want Ike Davis? Bear with me for a second.
Davis is a player who’s in desperate need of a change of scenery. After hitting 32 home runs last season, he has just four home runs and 13 RBI while hitting .163/.243/.253 in 166 at-bats through May.
He’s also spent much of the season teetering on the brink of being sent down to the minors. The constant media focus must be getting to the 26-year-old, as he struggles to find consistency at the plate. Once the pressure is removed, Davis is a great candidate for a hitting streak in a less pressurized environment.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson won’t struggle too hard to find a trade partner given that Davis remains under organizational control until 2017. Davis has flashed tremendous power in his three-plus seasons, but Mets brass must decide if he’s part of the team's future plans.
John Buck, C
Buck’s scorching-hot start to the season disintegrated in May. He bashed nine home runs in April with 25 RBI to lead all catchers in both categories. However, the 32-year-old followed that up with just two homers and 10 RBI in May.
Buck isn’t as good as he was in April, nor is he as bad as he was in May. He’s a lifetime .235 hitter, but he has some pop in his bat and is reliable behind the dish.
Despite his struggles of late, Buck’s 11 home runs still ranks second among MLB catchers.
With prospect Travis d’Arnaud waiting in the wings, Alderson should attempt to trade the soon-to-be free agent Buck and continue to stockpile prospects.
Shaun Marcum, RHP
Marcum has been a disappointment for the Mets this season, but he has pitched better of late. After missing much of April with a neck injury, Marcum is 0-6 with a 5.71 ERA in eight starts. Despite the unappetizing stats, he has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last four starts, including a 12-strikeout performance against the Braves on May 26.
Marcum’s current .347 BABIP, according to Fangraphs, is nearly 70 points above his career average, which suggests that he’s due for a run of good luck.
Meanwhile, Marcum’s reasonable one-year, $4 million contract makes him a bargain for teams looking for a viable option to fill a rotation spot.
With young arms looking for starts, the Mets should deal the 31-year-old if he’s not part of their future plans.
Brandon Lyon, RHP
Brandon Lyon, an 11-year veteran, has been impressive in 23 appearances this season. He’s compiled a 3.66 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. Contenders are always looking to add reliable bullpen arms for the stretch run and Lyon could fill that void.
He’s also making just $750,000 this season, which means he represents a cost-effective option for risk averse teams. While it hurts to deplete an already struggling bullpen, Lyon isn’t likely to be on the team next season, which means Alderson should get what he can for him.