Mets Farm Lacks Position Players, So Lets Trade Wilmer Flores

An article by posted on August 9, 2013

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Sorry for the title, it wasn’t intended to be serious, but more of a retort I’ve been giving a lot of Met fans lately who seem to be in a rush to trade Wilmer Flores. A notion I find to be highly illogical given the precarious offensive dilemma the Mets find themselves in.

I had a cool exchange with Michael Baron of MetsBlog a few days ago and I think it goes to my point.

Mike Puma of the New York Post, confirms what most of us know already and that is while the Mets farm system is rich with (right-handed) pitching prospects, it is very thin with position players. I interjected right-handed pitching prospects because we have a dearth of left-handed pitching prospects and could use more.

In his article, Puma says it’s tricky trying to identify the position players within the system who can potentially help the Mets anytime soon. There is Travis d’Arnaud and maybe Flores, provided the Mets find a position for him. “Then the drop off is noticeable.”

“It’s not as plentiful as the pitching options we have, that is for sure,” general manager Sandy Alderson added.

So true, so true… But using Miguel Cabrera as an example, and with regards to Flores, when you can produce at a high level, a team will always find a position for you no matter how limited you may be. (And that’s not to say Flores is limited, or won’t improve) And as we at MMO have been jumping up and down about for over three years, Flores will produce at a high-level.

Now with that said, let’s go to this follow-up tweet between Mike and me…

To which he and many other who joined in agreed.

Puma mentioned many of these right-handed pitchers in his article:

You already know the names of the young, explosive arms that can potentially turn the Mets into a contender as soon as next year. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are already here, and Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett and Jacob deGrom, among others, probably aren’t far behind. That doesn’t include last night’s starter, Jenrry Mejia, who is still young enough at 23 to be considered a prospect.

There they are… Now throw in Dillon Gee and Jon Niese and tell me how we are going to fit 12-14 potential major league starters into five rotation spots?

It’s time to make a move, and that move is not trading Wilmer Flores or Daniel Murphy, the second most productive hitter on the team. Although I wouldn’t mind moving Ike Davis to create a permanent home for Flores be it at second or first base.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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