3 Realistic Trades Mets Could Make at 2014 MLB Trade Deadline
With the trade deadline a week away, the Mets need to figure out whether any good trades are available and if certain players on other teams are worth trading for. Furthermore, they need to evaluate their own organization and see which players they can afford to move and which players are better off not going anywhere.
The Mets are in third place in the NL East but are trying to find a way to get back in the race for the division title and/or one of the two NL wild-card spots. If they want to make a big effort toward contending for the playoffs this season, the Mets will need to make some big moves.
Here are three realistic trade possibilities that could work for the Mets.
Bartolo Colon to Giants for a Prospect
According to Marly Rivera of ESPNDeportes.com (h/t Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com), the San Francisco Giants recently expressed interest in Bartolo Colon after the Mets made him available to be traded. However, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it seems as if the Giants would only take on Colon if the Mets were to pay at least a good chunk of his 2015 salary.
If the Mets are comfortable paying most of Colon's salary, they should be able to get at least one solid prospect back from the Giants. The Mets need offensive prospects more than pitching prospects, so two names that come to mind are shortstop Christian Arroyo and outfielder Mac Williamson. Shortstop and the outfield are the Mets' two biggest offensive needs by far, so if they can get one of these players for Colon, that would be great for the team.
Chris Young to Blue Jays for Outfield Prospect Dalton Pompey
Chris Young has been a disappointment for the Mets this season. If the Mets can find a trade for him, there's a very good chance he could get dealt within the next week.
One potential fit could be with the Blue Jays, who lack a right-handed power bat off the bench. If the two teams end up agreeing on Young being moved to the Blue Jays, the Mets should be able to get an outfield prospect such as Dalton Pompey in return. Pompey is the 17th-ranked prospect in Toronto's organization (according to MLB.com) and should not be a particularly big loss for the Blue Jays.
If the Mets can make a deal like this work, that should put a smile on Sandy Alderson's face.
Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero and Kevin Plawecki to the Rockies for Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki's name is so long that it might not even fit into the slide title. But all jokes aside, this is a potential blockbuster the Mets may be able to afford to do.
Flores is a young infielder who has a lot of promise but has not exactly reached his full potential just yet. Rafael Montero and Kevin Plawecki are both highly regarded prospects, and MLB.com ranks them second and sixth for the Mets, respectively.
The only reason they could be movable is because the Mets have a lot of depth among pitchers and have a young starting catcher in Travis d'Arnaud, who could end up blocking Plawecki by the time he is major league ready.
Tulowitzki has been one of baseball's elite shortstops for years. The Rockies' struggles this season could lead the team to at least consider moving him and/or star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez either right now or in the offseason. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets reached out to the Rockies recently to state their interest in both players if they officially become available through trade.
Tulowitzki is just the kind of player the Mets need at shortstop. He hits for average, hits for power and plays amazing defense. Unfortunately, Tulowitzki is currently on the disabled list, which could complicate any real trade possibilities. Nonetheless, this is a huge move the Mets should at least consider. They could find a way to land Tulowitzki without giving up their most valuable players and prospects.