With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Mets still appear uncertain about whether they’ll be buyers or sellers. Eventually, they’ll have to make a decision, and if they wind up being sellers, they possess several risky trade targets—possibly too risky to be thought of as rental players.
The first of course is Jose Reyes. Though Sandy Alderson has claimed it’s unlikely that the Mets trade Reyes, he may reconsider if the Mets fall wildly out of contention.
Reyes is having arguably the best first half of any New York Met in history, but his hamstring injury could be a problem for potential buyers.
For a player that relies on his great speed, a sore hamstring can be a lingering injury.
Would a team be willing to overlook injury concerns to acquire Reyes? Even so, would that team be willing to only treat him as a rental player if he is to sign elsewhere this offseason?
It’s a great risk especially since Alderson will seek prime value in return for Reyes. It will likely cost a contender one or two top-level prospects.
If Reyes can’t return to form and then chooses to sign with a different team, it would have been a lost trade for whoever acquires him.
On now to Carlos Beltran, who like Reyes is having a great first half.
Gradually, Beltran’s name has been popping up in multiple trade rumors, but like Reyes, has had his share of injures in his Mets career.
He’s been healthy this year, which has added to his play on the field. However, he still has two pretty poor knees that a team scouting him would have to notice.
All it takes is a minor aggravation of his past injuries for a potential trade to flop.
Beltran would not be considered so much of a risk if he was traded to an American League team who could use him at DH.
The riskiest of potential Mets trade targets is definitely Francisco Rodriguez.
K-Rod has been good this year, despite a few temporary lapses, but that looming $17.5 million option vests if he finishes 55 games.
He’s well on his way to reaching that figure, so a team looking for bullpen help needs to be skeptical.
If a team trades for him and he reaches 55 games, then that team is on the hook for the option.
However, a team may look to add him as a setup man so it won’t have to worry about dealing with him next season.
K-Rod isn’t accustomed to a setup role, and it remains to be seen how he fares in that spot. He’s no stranger to making things interesting in the ninth inning, so we could only imagine the havoc he could potentially create in the eighth.
If there’s a team in dire need of a long-term closer, K-Rod could be the answer for this year and next. But the likelihood that a team pays him that much money to appear in less than half the games is slim.
So while the Mets do have some trade chips, each carries significant risks that could call off a potential deal. Let’s see how the next few weeks unfold, however, before casting these players aside as trade bait.