The New York Mets entered an unenviable position on Tuesday. Although the Mets have a lead over the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National Eastern League, they have 16 players leading the majors on the injured list. This group includes four starting throwers; three quarters of the starting infield; and five off-screen – and does not include Johneshwy Fargas, who is expected to be on set as early as Wednesday, pending MRI results.
So it’s no surprise that Mets general manager Zack Scott conceded this week that he was looking for reinforcements. “I’m on the phone pretty much all day, every day,” Scott told Athletic. “The challenge is, obviously, when you talk to other clubs, that’s where they are in terms of motivation and this time of year. But yes, we have to cover everything and explore everything that we can to get the best team. on the pitch at all times. ”
Scott is correct that this is a difficult time to trade. Most teams still see themselves as contenders, which makes them reluctant to move their top players. To further complicate matters, players who signed big league contacts during the winter cannot be processed until mid-June. (Technically, the player can waive their non-trade rights, but the collective agreement limits the return the sales team can get, making these transactions rare.)
That’s not to say the Mets are unlucky; it just means they will have to be creative about the people they are targeting. With that in mind, we’ve identified the following five players who 1) are on their roster; 2) appear to be realistic business candidates; and 3) could give the Mets more production than their current options. (Note that players are listed in alphabetical order.)
We explained why the soaring rays could turn into active traders last Friday, just hours before sending shortstop Willy Adames to the Brewers. It’s possible that Tampa Bay isn’t over yet, as a deal involving Mike Brosseau or Kevin Padlo would make sense as a method of clearing a roster spot and playing time. For our purposes, we’re highlighting Brosseau. He’s off to a rough start (65 OPS + in his first 108 home plate appearances), but his exit speed is in line with last season and despite an inflated take-out rate, he is actually making contact more frequently this past season. season (about eight puffs less for 100 swings). ). Brosseau’s defensive versatility and cost certainty would make him an attractive long-term candidate for the Mets.
The book on Delino DeShields Jr. is simple: he can’t hit, but he can run and play a quality outfield. Rangers need to see where Adolis García’s quick start leads and see if David Dahl can deliver on his past promise. As such, the Rangers aren’t as useful to DeShields as they seemed when they signed him to a minor league pact in February. It’s worth noting that the Yankees have also been linked with DeShields in recent weeks, so the Mets may have to engage in the league’s weakest bidding war to get their man.
Brian Goodwin has already switched teams once this month, as he gave up his contract with the Pirates to join the White Sox, who at the time needed more depth following Luis Robert’s diagnosis. He has since appeared in 13 games with Chicago affiliate Triple-A, hitting 0.184 / .231 / .429 with 18 strikeouts more than steps. As uninspiring as those numbers are, it’s worth remembering that the Mets acquired Cameron Maybin after compiling a .103 / .186 / .205 slash in 10 games for the Cubs’ Triple-A team. The Mets may have to take what they can get, even if that means betting on another mate to get rid of their funk.
Sam Hilliard probably has the most benefits of all included in this article. It might also have the most downsides. He’s a 27-year-old with above average power and speed who has minimal big league success under his belt. For wit, he’s hit in 35 percent of his career 240 trips to plate – and that’s with Coors Field serving as the home stadium. Hilliard has enough perceived potential that the Rockies will want to hold him back, just in case things click, but no one could blame them if they lose faith in him to keep his promise.
The Giants acquired LaMonte Wade Jr. in February in exchange for Shaun Anderson, a deal that suggested they liked him more than the standard end-of-roster type. San Francisco has since added Mike Tauchman to the mix, leaving the Wade happy to walk into Triple-A, where he posted an OPS of 0.893 in 12 games. Considering he’s 27 and once again looking to be on the wrong side of a numbers game, it stands to reason the Giants would be willing to listen.