5 Players the New York Mets Could Trade Before July 31 Deadline
The New York Mets are going to need to make a trade for the sanity of their fanbase. After finishing 2013 batting .237, all the fans wanted was a couple of players who could hit the ball.
So, the Mets went out and signed Chris Young, who has never batted better than .257, and Curtis Granderson, who batted .232 in 2012 and .229 last year.
This season, Young is batting .204, Granderson is batting .216 and the team is still batting, yes, .237.
According to Team Rankings, the Mets also leave an average of 3.8 runners in scoring position per game, which is the 21st-worst number in the MLB. Bats aren’t the only thing New York needs, but they would certainly help.
By trading John Buck and Marlon Byrd, New York showed that it is willing to move veteran players to a contending team.
Does that mean Daisuke Matsuzaka or Bartolo Colon could be on the move? What about the Mets' surplus of young arms? Is there a chance anyone like Zack Wheeler or Rafael Montero is moved?
With the 2014 trade deadline just weeks away, the Mets should certainly be active in the trade department. Here are five players the Mets could look to move prior to the July 31 deadline.
Kevin Plawecki was drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft by the New York Mets and has been playing in the minor leagues ever since. According to the team's official website, Plawecki is currently the No. 7-ranked prospect in the Mets' system.
Though Travis d’Arnaud has struggled so far, the reins behind the plate will belong to him for the foreseeable future, which leaves an opportunity to trade a prospect like Plawecki.
Currently batting .331 in Double-A, Plawecki could be an attractive asset to MLB teams around the league.
At just 23 years old, Plawecki should continue to drastically improve his game, and don’t be surprised if the Mets consider packaging him and others for a much-needed bat.
After Terry Collins' early-season infatuation with Eric Young, his playing time has finally begun to dwindle.
With Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson set as the starting center and right fielders, the last outfield position has been up for grabs. Mostly going to Chris Young, the Mets have also found recent success with Eric Campbell.
With Eric Young falling out of favor, it’s possible that a team in need of outfield depth could look to the Mets for help. Young is a solid bench player who can field and steal bases with the best of them.
Though he is strong in those areas, Young is not very good at the plate. Batting just .220 this year, it’s doubtful the Mets could get much for Young, but there will be teams out there who would love to have his speed.
Wilmer Flores is currently the Mets' starting shortstop, but to consider him a long-term solution would be foolish. There have been many questions surrounding Flores’ ability to field the position, since he is not naturally a shortstop.
Flores was thrust into the position when the Mets realized there would not be an opening at third base for quite a while.
The 22-year-old is still a very enticing prospect, but not necessarily at the position he is playing presently. There is the possibility the Mets could look to move Flores and try to flip him for a more polished shortstop.
Trading Flores would be surprising, due to his young age and the Mets clearly liking him, but the team is going to have to make a move to bolster its batting order. Trading Flores could be one way to do that.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has had a very nice season for the Mets thus far. In 15 appearances, Dice-K has a 2-0 record, one save and a 2.33 ERA. Matsuzaka has shown he can be a solid late-inning reliever and even give you a quality spot start if needed.
With Vic Black, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia looking like they will be the guys that close it out for New York in the future, it is possible a contending team in need of bullpen help will call the Mets asking about Matsuzaka.
Bullpen help and pitching depth are essential when the playoffs roll around, and adding a pitcher who has postseason experience can be extremely helpful.
Matsuzaka has done really well in this 2014 season, which could be the reason he gets shipped out of town.
A Starting Pitcher
At some point, the Mets are going to have to deal a starting pitcher. As of now, the Mets will have eight pitchers vying for five spots in the 2015 rotation.
With Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, Bartolo Colon and Rafael Montero all expected to be there to start next season, the Mets clearly have to move a couple of these arms, which isn’t a bad thing.
The big question is whom will they make available for trade. Harvey is not going anywhere, you can be sure of that, but you also have to assume that they would be open to trading any other pitchers.
Colon is an obvious choice, but will any team want to trade for a 41-year-old pitcher who is making $11 million in 2015? Would the Mets be willing to listen to offers for Noah Syndergaard or Wheeler?
Montero and deGrom have both looked solid so far in their few major league starts, so the Mets could possibly look to trade one or both of them at some point.
Gee and Niese are the Mets' longest-tenured starters and both are currently sporting sub-3.00 ERAs. Gee is just 28 and Niese only 27, so would trading guys like this who have gotten better basically every year be a smart move?
It’s tough to want to trade any of the arms the Mets have, but considering the team can barely hit the ball and has eight starters for 2015, trading two or three of them might be the only option.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.