A Closer Look At Three Trade Options

An article by posted on June 24, 2009

Lately, most of the trade rumors surrounding the Mets have been centered around Mark De Rosa of the Indians, Nick Johnson of the Nationals, and Aubrey Huff of the Orioles.

And while most baseball analysts agree that each will be made available, I believe each of them bring something different to the table.

Lets take a look at their numbers and at the same time I’ll give you what I believe are the pros and cons for each player.

Aubrey Huff – Age 32 – Bats Left – $8.0 million – Free Agent 2010

SPLITSGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Season642462867151945243505.272.335.451.786
Career123646466231329279181977123986622521.286.344.481.825
Last 7 days62531010163300.400.464.5601.024
Projected16061570168383231136088013.272.335.451.786

Pros – Huff is the pure slugger in the group and has the most homerun power, a factor that sits in his favor. His average and OBP percentage are not bad and just slightly above average. Last season he batted .304 with 32 homers and 108 RBIs. Finished in top ten in doubles, homers, total bases, SLG and OPS in 2009.

Cons – He is not a great defender at 1B and but has slightly better than average range and fielding percentage. The Orioles split his time at DH. The Orioles want a lot and he’s a free agent after the season.

Mark De Rosa – Age 34 – Bats Right – $5.5 million – Free Agent 2010

SPLITSGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Season6525746721201348255601.280.348.479.827
Career957290745281216310824002775411814.279.348.427.775
Last 7 days6276910362600.333.379.7041.083
Projected158625112175290321176113602.280.348.479.827

Pros – He’s enjoying a power spike in the last two seasons and is in the midst of another solid season. After a career high 87 RBIs in ’08, he is on pace to surpass 100 this season. Has a solid reputation as clubhouse guy and can play all four infield positions as well as corner outfield.  He would look great batting second or fifth in the Mets lineup.

Cons – There really are no cons with DeRosa outside of the Indians asking price, and this fear I have that after the season the Mets may hand him a 4-year deal at age 35.

Nick Johnson – Age 30 – Bats Left – $5.5 million – Free Agent 2010

SPLITS      GABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Season632323171102532394511.306.412.431.843
Career70023143696311515863494274842620.273.398.454.851
Last 7 days6231501024400.217.333.304.638
Projected16159379181265138210011533.306.412.431.843

Pros – He is having a solid season at the plate and has always been a solid OBP guy with a .398 career mark. His career OPS is better than either Huff or DeRosa, but his slugging has been erratic throughout his career. Makes solid contact. He is younger than the other two and the Mets could keep him if he pans out, but don’t expect big homerun numbers.

Cons – After hitting .220 last season, he’s batting .308 and is about to cash in on free agency at season’s end. I always wonder about guys who have career years at this stage of the game. Although he has good range at 1B, his fielding is below average. He is also one of the most injury prone players in the league and has only had over 400 at-bats twice in a seven year career. He has little speed and it’s mostly station to station with NJ.

All three players are in the final year of their contracts, so unless any of them resign with the Mets, they are all to be viewed as three month rentals.

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