MLB Trade Rumors: Dan Uggla and 10 Bats Who Could Help Fix New York Mets
The New York Mets are finishing up a rough season. It appears that they will finish the season under .500 and in fourth place, only ahead of the Washington Nationals. There will be many changes with management and coaches in the offseason. Fans can also expect to see changes made with the roster as well.
It is fairly obvious that one of the places that the Mets need to look to improve is at second base. The combination of Luis Castillo, Ruben Tejada, Joaquin Arias, and Luis Hernandez has failed to produce much of anything. While they have provided some defensive stability, their offensive production is horribly lacking.
A solution to the Mets problems would be acquiring Dan Uggla, who has shown that he can be an offensive star at second base in the National League. So far this season, he has 31 home runs, 94 RBI, and a .286 batting average. Having his bat in the middle of the Mets lineup would solve many of their offensive woes.
The Marlins will be looking to move Uggla this winter to avoid paying him the raise he would get through salary arbitration. While it is more difficult for the Mets to deal with an interdivison rival, they have worked out a few deals with the Marlins in the past, including the Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Delgado trades.
The Mets have spent a long time looking for a hitter that they could pair with Jose Reyes at the top of the lineup. Acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury would give the Mets the one-two punch that they have been looking for.
Although Ellsbury missed most of this season with a rib injury, he is a big threat when he can stay healthy. Ellsbury is both a run scorer and a run producer. Last season, Ellsbury scored 94 runs while also driving in 60. He also posted a .301 batting average.
Ellsbury is also a speedster. He stole 50 bases in 2008 and 70 in 2009. Having Ellsbury and Jose Reyes on the basepaths together could lead to many runs for the New York Mets.
Colby Rasmus has publicly voiced his opinion about wanting a trade out of St. Louis. He has had his fair share of issues with Tony LaRussa. This is a perfect opportunity for the Mets to capitalize on.
Rasmus is a young hitter who would immediately become a threat in the middle of the Mets lineup, providing protection for either David Wright or Ike Davis.
Rasmus has shown the ability to do a little bit of everything offensively. He has put up a .279 batting average with 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He has also stolen 11 bases on the year.
He is a young player who could continue to develop with the Mets and eventually turn into a superstar.
Brian Roberts is a former All-Star second baseman who has missed a significant portion of time this season due to injury. However, when he has been on the field this season, he has demonstrated that he is a fully capable second baseman.
Roberts has batted .280 this season with four home runs and 15 RBI in 53 games. He has also stolen 12 bases.
Roberts could provide the Mets with some speed and power from either the second, sixth, or seventh spot in the lineup.
The Orioles could look to trade Roberts as he has just finished the first season of a four-year, $40 million deal. The O's are looking for younger players to rebuild with and Roberts does not exactly fit into that equation.
After a torrid start to the season, Kelly Johnson cooled off significantly. However, he still manged to put up great numbers for the year.
Johnson has batted .282 with 25 home runs and 69 RBI. He has also stolen 12 bases on the year.
Johnson is another potential trade target to fill the Mets' gaping hole at second base. He is able to provide the offense that the team has lack from that position for years.
Johnson also has the versatility to play other positions. Although he has not played in the outfield since 2005, he can play the position. Johnson came up through the Braves' minor league system as an outfielder and shortstop, so he would provide the Mets with versatility.
Although his season was recently ended by knee surgery, Josh Willingham was able to put up productive numbers this season.
Willingham hit .268 with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. He also stole eight bases.
Willingham would provide the Mets with power from a corner outfield position, which can make up for what the Mets were expecting from Jason Bay.
With only one year of arbitration left on his contract, the Nationals may be looking to move Willingham. While they would obviously prefer to trade him out of the division, he could be had for the right offer. The Nationals would probably be looking for pieces that could help a year from now when Stephen Strasburg returns from Tommy John surgery and when Bryce Harper is expected to reach the majors.
After exploding on to the scene as a 23-year-old rookie in 2006, Martin has struggled the past two seasons.
Martin saw this season end short due to a hip injury. He had struggled for most of the year.
Martin was hitting only .248 with just five home runs and 26 RBI through 97 games. He did manage to steal six bases.
The Dodgers are going to have a big decision to make regarding Martin. He is due a raise in arbitration this offseason and he may even be a non-tender candidate. With the McCourt's divorce situation wreaking havoc on the Dodgers, they may be looking to move Martin.
Martin would make a great platoon partner with Josh Thole. If he could return to his previous level of performance, Martin would be able to hold the starting job himself.
With Dustin Ackley pushing for the starting job in Seattle next season, Chone Figgins could be on his way out.
After signing a four-year, $36 million contract this offseason, Figgins has been a bit of a disappointment for the Mariners this season.
He is batting just .260 with only one home run and 35 RBI. He has also scored just 60 runs this season, but has stolen 42 bases.
While Figgins has played second base this year, he has the ability to play numerous positions. He has played shortstop, third base, and the outfield. He could provide the Mets with many opportunities to use him.
Figgins would make the most sense for the Mets as the No. 2 hitter behind Jose Reyes. Together, they would be a strong pair to lead off games for the Mets.
Mike Moustakas is doing everything that he can to force his way onto the Royals roster next season. This, along with Alex Gordon's struggles, has led to Gordon's move to the outfield. The Royals may be impatient with Gordon's slow progression. This makes him a viable trade target for the Mets.
Gordon has only hit .217 this season with seven home runs and 17 RBI. He was sent down to the minors mid-year because of his struggles.
Gordon has never really shown the skills that earned him the honor of being named the No. 2 prospect in the minors in 2007. He has never been able to put up a batting average higher than .260 in the majors.
The Mets could use Alex Gordon in their outfield. They could give him another chance to attempt to develop into the player that many people thought he would become. Gordon could be a major offensive threat in the middle of the Mets lineup if he was able to develop fully.
Rickie Weeks may soon find himself out of a job in Milwaukee thanks to the strong play of Brett Lawrie. Weeks is due to become a free agent after next season, so the Brewers may look to move him this offseason to maximize his trade value.
Weeks is a player who would bring a lot of offensive abilities to the Mets. Weeks has batted .270 this season with 28 home runs and 82 RBI. He also has 10 stolen bases.
Weeks would be a solution to the Mets' problems at second base. He is posting a career-high .980 fielding percentage this year in addition to his career-high numbers in home runs and RBI.
If Weeks' production drops to where it has been in the past, he would still be an upgrade over the Mets current second base options. He could be a very solid No. 6 hitter for the Mets.
Since being named an All-Star for three consecutive years from 2006-2008, Grady Sizemore has struggled to produce at the same level.
In 2009, Sizemore hit just .248 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI. This season Sizemore struggled even more in the 33 games that he did play. While posting only a .211 batting average, Sizemore also failed to hit a home run and only drove in 13 runs.
Sizemore's season was cut short as a result of knee surgery. He is expected to be ready to play next season.
Sizemore's bat would be a big addition to the Mets lineup.
If he could regain his All-Star form, Sizemore would be able to turn the Mets offense around. He would be a great addition to a lineup that already includes Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Ike Davis, and Jason Bay. There would be many RBI opportunities for Sizemore.