With the recent rumors about a potential trade for Jose Reyes swirling, it got me to thinking about who else we could trade. When I started to think about it, surprisingly, a lot more players seemed potentially intriguing to other teams depending on their circumstances.
Teams are not desperate yet, but some inevitably will be as this season goes a long. Eventually a team who is in a race will lose a key starter, reliever or hitter. The Mets have 3 key players potentially available off their Major League roster with pending free agents Krod, Beltran and Reyes. However, there also plenty of other guys who could really help a team in a playoff race.
As the race heats up, and teams identify their weakness or need to fill the void with injuries, they become very willing to make trades. As we see every year, depending on who is available, some player’s value can soar if top talent is not available.
Starting in the bullpen for the Mets, players such as Taylor Buchholz, Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell could be available. These players could be very attractive to a team looking to bolster their bullpen for a playoff push.
In the rotation, guys like Chris Capuano, Chris Young and Mike Pelfrey would all be welcome additions to a team who has lost a starter due to injury, or just needs a 3rd starter to help down the stretch.
For the position players, is it crazy to think that a guy like Daniel Murphy would not be valuable in a deadline deal? While he is not great at any one position, he can play all over the infield and can hit. What about Angel Pagan? He can play all 3 outfield positions, and has a very attractive skill set as a table setter. He will be 30 years old and with one year of arbitration left, he will be a pending free agent after the 2012 season, and his value should be explored.
Just look at some of the recent trade deadline deals, and the value teams received for 2 month rentals. Last season the Rangers gave up top prospect Justin Smoak to get Cliff Lee and the Twins gave up top prospect Wilson Ramos to get Matt Capps when closer Joe Nathan went down. Back in 2008 Manny Ramirez was sent to the Dodgers, Jason Bay was sent to Boston, and top prospects were sent back to Pittsburgh. Third baseman Casey Blake was traded from Cleveland for Dodgers catching prospect Carlos Santana, and the Indians also traded C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers and received a package headlined by top prospect Matt Laporta.
To me, I want to see all of the potential moves I listed above explored or made before I look into trading a guy like David Wright. Of all the guys listed above, you should be able to get a boat load of talent and prospects in return. If what you get back is just not enough, then you can consider trading David. Even though I still do not want to trade Wright, I am more open to it now as I see him continuing to spiral downward from the player I thought he could be.
The Mets will most likely be sellers as this seasons trade deadline approaches, even if they turn things around due to all of their pending free agents. When Sandy looks to make moves, teams who have to fill weaknesses will come calling. Sandy will be like a kid in a candy store, because he will be holding the cards that teams need. This team has a ton of talent to offer the rest of Major League Baseball, It will be very interesting and exciting to see what kind of return he can get.
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