Trading ideas for Mets before the trade deadline

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Look – I’m not a general manager. But it’s fun to play one, especially at this time of year. So when thinking about the Mets’ needs in advance of the Tuesday trading deadline, I thought to myself, “What am I going to do in Billy Ebler’s shoes?”
Thinking that some of my colleagues were thinking the same thing, I reached out to them with an idea: Let’s make a deal. I’ve suggested a series of deals to my peers covering potential sellers throughout the league, trying to find one that might work. This is where we are at:
potential trade number. 1: Mets get catcher
Mets receiving: Wilson ContrerasAnd the David Robertson
Cubs receive: Calvin Ziegler and Joel Diaz
While giving up Diaz and Ziegler – the Mets’ 10th and 11th potential – would hurt a bit, it’s hard to overpay for the two players that can really help. Contreras in particular suit the needs of Mets just as much as a right-handed bat that can catch, too. He can split time with James McCann Behind the board and DH on his no-hunting days. That’s exactly what New York needs. Robertson would be a great addition, but if his presence makes things too expensive, I’d be tempted to leave him out of the deal and seek help elsewhere.
Cubs reporter Jordan Bastian responded:On the surface, it looks like the Mets will need to add another piece. I think Wilson would order at least two. The main line that makes it work for me is, ‘I’m going to drop’ [Robertson] out of the deal and seek help elsewhere.”

Rule: Well, let’s cancel Robertson and do Ziggler and Diaz for Contreras alone. It’s a blow to the Mets’ organizational depth, but they can buy their way out of this predicament this off season.

potential trade number. 2: Back-up plan for Contreras
The Red Sox receives: Dominic SmithAnd the Jose Perosa
mets receive: JD MartinezAnd the Christian VasquezAnd the Cash (about $1.5 million to cover Smith’s remaining salary)
The Mets will love to get on the right bat and help with pickups, and although this trade is less efficient than a Contreras swap — Vázquez simply doesn’t have the same kind of pop as Contreras, so the Mets will need to rely on Martinez for that — the deal will be cheaper. Smith is a prime candidate for a change of scenery without much opportunity to contribute to the rest of the season in New York; It can thrive in a place like Fenway Park. Peroza is the 29th potential lead in the Mets, giving Boston a fallback option to find value if Smith doesn’t offer much. The Mets are going to take a lot of money here and are happy to do so.

Red Sox reporter Ian Brown responded: “You can get a JD, but I’ll keep Vazquez. It’s hard to find catchers who can contribute aggressively. Vazquez has been quietly captaining the Red Sox for the last two to three years, and I’m going to re-sign him for a reasonable deal this winter. But, yeah, JD is yours. Just take the rest of his salary [around $7 million]And we’ll pay Smith’s credit. Deal?”

Verdict: I’m good with that. with Daniel Fogelbach And the Tyler Naken About it, Smith no longer has a place in the 2022 Mets roster. But Martinez can help a little.

Potential Trade #3: Pie in the Sky
Mets reception: Juan Soto
Citizens receive: Francisco Alvarez, Brett Patty, Matt Alan, Alex Ramirez
Forget about the idea that citizens don’t want to trade Soto in the department. If the Mets offer the best package the Nats will have to consider, and including the first prospect in every baseball game seems to be an excellent start. Alvarez has the chance to be the rarest of players: Musk is a clear offensive team-maker. He, Bate, Alan and Ramirez are four of the top six potential players for the Mets, and it’s fair to think that might not be enough. But at least it’s close. What do you say, nats?

Reporter Jessica Camerato responded from the citizens: “The package is tempting, and can offer National pieces to build the foundation of their future. But replacing a young Soto-proven star with outstanding prospects within the division is not a decision that can be taken lightly — especially with how successful Soto is at Citi Field. I would choose a package that includes potential clients and players with early experience. in the major league outside of the NL East.”

Verdict: The NL East thing seems like a problem. I’ll hold on to hope until Soto is traded elsewhere, but I won’t hold my breath.

Potential Trade No. 4: Stocking Bulls
mets receive: Gregory Soto, Joe Jimenez
tigers receive: Taylor Miguel
Few of the left-handed sedatives were worse than Soto, who shoots at 100mph. He has produced reverse splits this season but hasn’t in the past, which suggests that it is probably due to a small sample size. Soto is far from being hired, under the team’s control for another three seasons, and the Mets would be happier paying his escalating refereeing salaries than the Tigers. Sure, losing Megill would hurt, especially considering the Mets’ plans for him as a pirate arm along the sprawl. But Jiménez (who is under the team’s control until 2024) appears to have figured things out and will soften that blow. If this deal is too big, maybe there’s something smaller we can negotiate for Andrew Chavin?

Tigers reporter Jason Beck replied: “I’m not going to do the deal. The Tigers are looking to bat at whatever deal they might do. They really need the young hitters. I think they’re looking for multiple prospects to come back to Soto based on three years of dominance.”

Verdict: When I asked if Marc Vientus or Ronnie Mauricio Might be enough to tempt, Beck rejected me again. I will look elsewhere for relief assistance and come back in circles as needed.

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