10 Mets Who Could Be Dealt At Trade Deadline

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Realistically, the New York Mets could be a .500 team if everything breaks right. That’s an improvement of at least one more victory a month, which isn’t unrealistic. However, let’s say it unravels early for them and it becomes apparent they have no shot at a wild card berth much less finishing at .500 or better.

What then?

Should they opt to scuttle their ship, and go from buyers to sellers again, they have numerous assets they might unload. And, none of them are their young pitchers. Here’s where they could start:

Dillon Gee: He’s under appreciated, yet consistent and an innings eater. Last season he gave them 199 and overall was their most durable and consistent starter. If the Mets can’t appreciate |that, somebody else will. He’s attractive because of his consistency, willingness to take the ball, and reasonable contract. If he’s healthy and having good season, teams could be lining up for him.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: Should they bring up Noah Syndergaard and he pitches well and there are no injuries in the rotation, Matsuzaka could draw interest from a contender. Especially, if he’s pitching like he did in his final three 2014 starts.

John Lannan: The same applies to Lannan as Matsuzaka. He’s not in their long-term plans so get what they can.

Kyle Farnsworth: If the Mets are cooked by midseason and Farnsworth is pitching well, teams are always looking for a reliable reliever.

Taylor Teagarden: He has a contract clause that allows him to leave if he’s not on the major league roster by June. So, if both Travis d’Arnaud and Anthony Recker show the catching situation is in good hands. It makes sense to showcase him.

Ike Davis: The assumption is if he’s showing anything in the first half… If there’s some run production, somebody might bite. They certainly didn’t during the winter. Davis has to show some measure of progress because teams had little interest over the winter.

Lucas Duda: Pretty much everything that applied to Davis goes for Duda. Also, if one is outperforming the other, they can keep the hot bat and deal the other.

Daniel Murphy: He will make $5 million this year, but over half will be eaten by the end of July. That’s a reasonable contract for a consistent hitter. Should Wilmer Flores demonstrate he can play the position, it might push the Mets to deal Murphy.

Eric Young: Another player with a doable contract. He came to the Mets because they needed speed and a leadoff hitter. Surely, there might be another contender who would need the same. Although calling him a leadoff hitter might be a stretch in the true sense of the role.

Chris Young: I still don’t know why the Mets signed him to a one-year, $7.25 million contract. If he doesn’t play well it is a waste and there will be likely no interest. However, if he performs, the Mets won’t go high in re-signing him and with only a one-year deal teams could show interest.

So, there you have it. Out of a 25-man roster, the Mets have ten chips. Most are average, but a few have the potential to help a contender. They probably won’t bring back much, but in the Mets’ position stockpiling players is a positive.

None of these players are untouchable or seemingly in their long-term plans. You might make a case for Davis if he’s broken out of his funk, but they’ve been saying that for three years.

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  • mad met

    Like i have said this year is a punt..they will trade colon chris young and either murphy or florez at trade dead line ..and if montero or thor come up they will could also trade gee or niese

  • Metsaholic

    Colon should be on this list. If he is pitching well, he could fetch a player perhaps in combination with Ike. Thor, Montero or Mejia would be brought up then.

  • Benny

    You forgot Colon.

  • Benny

    So in conclusion, we are not planning on competing in 2014, because we are obviously still “rebuilding?”

  • Charley’s Twin

    I see Murphy being traded, because the Coupons couldn’t possibly endure paying a market rate to a legitimate major league 2nd baseman.

  • Biggle Boy

    I hope they don’t trade Murphy, mad met.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Smh, already thinking ahead? And not the good way btw, but understanding nonetheless. This team is not that good and this is what we’ve been reduced to, to try and get more prospects to see what happens

  • ClarkWGrizwold

    If the idea with Murphy is to save money then Niese should be on this list

  • KennyandtheMets

    Niese has a very team friendly contract. He is signed for multiple years at 5 mil per. If Murphy has a strong season, he will get a big raise next year. That said, I think Niese could go in the right deal.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Agreed. Colon could definitely go.

  • KennyandtheMets

    I like Murphy, but doesn’t that depend on who we get back? For example, what if Syndergaard, Montero, and Mejia are all part of the rotation? Then maybe a Wheeler/Murphy package could land Cargo.

  • Hodges14

    The hard thing with trading Niese around the trade deadline is you have to pray he’s not on the DL at that time. He would be easier to trade in the off season.

  • Hodges14

    When they open the season with a lower payroll than last year and 5 holes in the lineup despite the new tv money I think they’ve more or less told the fan base they aren’t trying to win.

  • Hodges14

    Rebuilding… you’re funny hahaha.

  • oleosmirf

    Yea pretty much.

    You win as many games as you possibly can despite the below average roster and in the likely event you’re not in contention, you then continue the youth movement and trade players that we likely don’t need going forward.

    Replace Gee with Montero
    Replace Murphy with Flores
    Replace Colon with Syndergaard
    Replace C. Young with Puello.

    That 18.5 million the Mets take off the 2015 payroll.

    Then, at the end of 2014, you see what young players we can count on and then, if we have the productive young players in place, we can finally start adding top players via FA and/or trade due to the fact that we have a low payroll and a top farm system.

    At the end of the day, our young players need to produce in order for 2015 to be the first of many successive contending seasons.

  • Hodges14

    Absolutely, and that should go for any Mets player. They shouldn’t have any untouchables on a team that hasn’t won in 6 years. They should be actively listening to all offers.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Good point.

  • fedupfan13

    Wasn’t that the plan last year?

  • Biggle Boy

    Yes, it depends on who comes back. Murph gives us a good hitter on a team with few of those, and a good guy who doesn’t make excuses for misplays. In fact, when he’s been criticized for botched plays at 2B, his response is just, “Got work to do on that.” Value there.

  • Hodges14

    and the year before that. Wasn’t the off season after 2011 when Alderson was going to have cash to spend when KRod, Beltran, Castillo, Perez and Reyes came off the books? I can recall him saying that when he first took over.

  • oleosmirf

    It’s always been the plan, but Harvey got injured, D’Arnaud and Flores didn’t establish themselves and Tejada, Ike and Duda regressed.

    That means we have another year to wait.

  • fedupfan13

    They thought Harvey was going to be a number 3 starter. He was a bonus. They aren’t adding the players until the loans are paid. All the other talk is window dressing. Hope you’re right though

  • ClarkWGrizwold

    I would trade Niese before Gee, you know how teams are for lefty pitching especially one signed to a deal that doesn’t limit his value to only the big market teams.

  • Hodges14

    Funny thing is though that Ike, Duda and Tejada are all still here. Why waste another season on them?

  • KennyandtheMets

    Again, I like Murphy. I like his bat and his attitude. He has worked hard to be a playable 2B and has even improved his base running. I wouldn’t just give him away. We would have to get back a very good player.

  • Hodges14

    Agree. The rest is part of an elaborate PR Spin campaign.

  • fedupfan13

    Yeah it’s getting old.

  • ClarkWGrizwold

    But Jeff says they are and he is a very trust worthy owner.

  • oleosmirf

    Spending money without a young core will not result in sustainable winning seasons. Unless you’re willing to spend like Yankees (and now the Dodgers), you simply can’t win with a core of FA signings.

    You need good production from guys making next to nothing to allow yourself the flexibility to overpay for FA.

  • Hodges14

    Especially if they think that Flores’ best position is 2nd base. Then you move Murphy for maybe a first baseman or outfielder or SS that could help fill in one of the other gaping holes in the lineup. It’s not about the individual players as much as finding the right mix of talent for the team.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Agreed. Although WE know that Wright isn’t going anywhere.

  • CyYout

    What do they get in return for any of these guys? Veteran shortstop like Yunel Escobar? SS Prospect like Seager, Sardinas, or Owings? More arms? Do they go after a first baseman despite the logjam? Get a young outfielder?

  • KennyandtheMets

    Spot on.

  • Hodges14

    I’d trade Niese before Gee also, mainly because with Niese you never know what you’re going to get. Seems like every season he under-achieves with some sort of excuse.

  • Hodges14

    All good targets. I’d suspect they will go after the options that will cost them the least in terms of payroll.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Owings is the guy I want.

  • oleosmirf

    Why do that, when Wilmer Flores can get give the same or better production for 500K each of the next 2 seasons and take the money saved and re-invest it in another position (say SS for example) with the prospects acquired serving as depth or trade bait.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yeah because the Wilpons never spent any money and the last 2.5 decades were operated on a shoestring budget.

    Get real man. If there is one thing the Wilpons know, it is spending money.

  • Hodges14

    The 2011 Mets had a young core… Wright, Reyes, Murphy, Parnell, Niese.

  • Taskmaster4450

    TdA and Flores didnt establish themselves?

    Are you serious?

    They had 100 ABs apiece.

    Give me a break.

  • Hodges14

    Have you read a newspaper in the last 5 years? They aren’t spending now. No one cares what they did 10 years ago.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Trades always depend upon who is coming back.

    Only fools talk about trades in a vacuum without considering the other side.

  • Hodges14

    So you’re saying they did establish themselves?

  • oleosmirf

    Wright and Reyes combined for a salary of 25 mil in 2011. Murphy is a complimentary, not a core player. The same for Parnell who wasn’t even a closer until 2013.

    Wright and Reyes were a young core up until around 2008. After that they became the veterans (despite their age), but there simply was nothing in the system to replace them.

    Pretty much every prospect the Mets brought up after 2006 was either a bust or traded away. That’s why the Mets couldn’t compete from 2009 and on. They didn’t have the good young players making 500K, they had to rely solely on overpaid FA and minor league journeymen which blew up in their face.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Well, according to many fans of sandy, 2014 was the year the mets were gonna be world champs so.

  • Hodges14

    Agreed. Seemed like this winter was the time to make that happen. Maybe the DBacks just aren’t going to give him up.

  • Taskmaster4450

    CY might not be traded at the deadline if he has a good year.

    Most seem to forget, that on a one year contract without an option, the Mets have the right to offer him a QO. If CY has a good year, no way he takes a 1 year deal for about $15M. The QO will net a pick for the Mets. So the question is whether Alderson is offered more at the trade deadline as opposed to a pick after the season. The pick is worth more than some mid-tier prospect.

  • Taskmaster4450

    His contract goes up the next few years. It is an average of $5M per season (which is what he is making now). He jump to $7M and then $9M.

  • Hodges14

    Sandy lies on a pretty consistent basis. I wouldn’t take anything he says, or Collins says or the Wilpons say too seriously. They’ve rationalized in their minds it’s ok to constantly lie because it’s good for the business.

  • CyYout

    The Dbacks are trying to contend and he is their starting shortstop now, so I think you’re right. Plus, they don’t have an obvious hole to fill, they seem pretty complete.

  • Hodges14

    If you were going to build around Wright and Reyes then why would you need to replace them?

    The reason the Mets plan blew up in their face is that the ownership gutted the payroll because they got caught with Madoff. Omar didn’t choose wisely when signing free agents but his overall plan could have worked.

  • Hodges14

    Yes, very puzzling. Keeping your most expensive player, yet pissing away his prime years without trying to win. Makes no sense.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Once again, you seem to ignore the facts. When the Wilpons were able to, they spent money like mad. They had the 3rd highest payroll in baseball for 2 decades. This is not Loria or the Marlins we are talking about.

    Now to question their Mets financial situation is fair because nobody really knows how strong their footing is. But do not believe the Wilpons are not chopping at the bit to sign big names so they can have the Mets are plastered all over the back page of the newspapers.

    If you also didnt notice, they were willing to eat money on Castillo, Bay, and Perez. Cheap owners dont just eat $40M by releasing players.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Yeah, we’ve been sayimg that forever, but you know how we were treated here for speaking the truth about them. To even think he’s got people literally worshipping him is amazing to say the least

  • Taskmaster4450

    Are you really that foolish?

    So 100 ABs is grounds for a decision. Look at Mike Trout’s 1st 100 ABs. Certainly not an MVP performance.

    I guess if it was up to you, one of the best players in the game would have been cast aside because he didnt hit .400 in his first 100 ABs.

  • Hodges14

    Guy, the entire situation the Mets are in right now is due to the Wilpons involvement with Madoff. The entire situation the Mets were in in 2005 – 2008 was due to the Wilpons involvement with Madoff. They were essentially spending money that didn’t belong to them Once they were caught they stopped spending.

    As far as Castillo, Bay and Perez, they had virtually no choice. They had 3 players that no one else wanted. They could keep them on the roster and get no production (see Ike Davis) or cut them loose and get no production.

  • BehindTheBag

    Wow, season’s over already?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okXhAC78d4Q

  • mad met

    If murphy gets traded i hope its to the yankees so i can watch him and reyes play there next year.. god i hate you sandy

  • oleosmirf

    Because our owners do not spend like the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers. Once Reyes and Wright started getting expensive, the farm system needed to provide players at other positions so that we weren’t totally reliant on big FAs like Bay, Castillo and Perez.

    Delgado, Beltran and Santana were great additions, but when your owners cap you at 140 mil, you need a collection of players making 500K in the lineup and Omar was simply unable to do so.

    Unfortunately, years of horrific drafting and prospect and FA busts got the best of Omar and the team was ruined, but it all boils down to the fact that in 2008-2010, there were no good young pre-arbitration players on this team.

  • mad met

    Bingo bingo this guy has bingo 🙂

  • Hodges14

    You must be illiterate I guess. Where in oleosmirf’s statement did he make any judgement about TDA and Flores? He never stated they were stiffs. All he said was that during the 2013 season they didn’t establish themselves and that is 100% correct. The plan last year was for those guys to get established as major leaguers, for various reasons it did not happen.

  • Benny

    Forgot to put it in quotation marks.

    Fixed!

  • Hodges14

    In 2006 – 2008 the Mets were raking in cash. Selling over 4 million tickets in 2008. Then the Wilpons get caught with Madoff and everything changes over night.

    I’m not trying to defend Omar. He made poor choices along the way but his model will work in a big market. He was trying to exploit the advantages that come with being in a big market. Unfortunately the owners financial situation was a house of cards that came crumbling down on them.

  • Hodges14

    Where have you been lately?

  • mad met

    Agreed .. you always have to try and listen and improve..but i would hope that they would add good players instead of taking away a clutch player like murphy..

  • mad met

    You know my feeling bud… well if they do i hope its to the yankees so we can watch him and reyes play together again cause its not to long till that happens as well … thats my luck :/

  • oleosmirf

    Omar’s model will work for the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers, that’s it.

    How much money the Wilpons were “raking in” is meaningless since they always imposed a strict budget on the team. They refused to go over slot, refused to spend big money on the best IFA. All the Wilpons were willing to spend on was the 25-man roster, but only up until 140 mil.

    You cannot have sustained success in this sport without a strong minor league system UNLESS you are willing to spend like the Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox.

    The Wilpons never have and never will and thus, we have no choice but to operate like the Cardinals, Nationals and Braves, something Sandy is working to accomplish.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    Niese makes $5mil this year, $7mil next year, and $10 mil in his 2016 team option and $11 million in his 2017 team option.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    I wouldn´t be so quick to assume that he´d reject a QO. Look at all the FA players still out there unsigned because of loss of a draft pick.

  • oleosmirf

    Oh I get that 100% and aren’t calling them busts or anything, but had they dominated in those 100 AB, don’t you think this offseason would have played out differently?

    If the Mets were going into 2014 off strong performances from Flores and D’Arnaud, I’m positive it would have completely changed the offseason plans.

    Murphy is probably dealt and Flores is our starting 2B and the Mets would certainly be more likely to acquire Drew or another bat instead of relying on bounce back years from 1B, SS, and RF.

  • CyYout

    Francicsco Lindor. Longshot, but if Cleveland is in the race and needs a veteran starter for the stretch run with that young rotation, maybe Sandy could work his magic.

  • Benny

    I’ve been on here, just haven’t been commenting on the “same news” type articles that were being posted this past weekend.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I could see trading Murph at the deadline. That way, we can getting someone for him and let Flores play 2nd.

  • Bail4Nails

    You are right about the D’Backs not having a hole to fill, they’re pretty set right now. However, the Arizona GM is very high on SS Didi Gregorius, so Owings could very well be sent to AAA this season.

  • Hodges14

    Which is when the Mets should pounce. If the Mets farm system is as stocked with talent as some people on this site would have everyone believe they should be able to make some kind of offer that would be agreeable to the DBacks. Upgrading SS is a priority.

  • skyking26

    If we are under 500 at the deadline, Terry Collins should be on this list.

  • Anthony

    Gee an Murphy might net you something decent, as for the rest good. Luck

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Nobody is going to want any of these guys except Murphy and maybe EY Jr. If we’re making trades, it better be for a bat and if it is, it’ll involve some of our prospects.

  • It is never good when before the year…there are already ten guys who could be traded if things go sour…especially in light of many things needing to break right…just to be mediocre (.500).

  • mets2014

    add parnell to the list

  • mets2014

    realistically if any of the above get traded, they could be replaced pretty easily, internally…IMO even if they are in the hunt, they should still move some of these players…this is where depth comes into play

  • mets2014

    add colon to the list as well

  • That’s the always hope.

  • mets2014

    it’s not always about what you get in return…for example if you move murphy you may not get a top 10 prospect, but as long as the player you get has talent, the salary that would have been spent on murphy could be spent on a FA next offseason…this is all in theory of course…wilpons might want to pocket the savings lol

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    I’m as cynical as the next person, but if things go right, the Mets could be a long shot for a wild card berth. They would have to get off to a fast start, but I actually think this is a better roster than we’ve seen in some time. You never know and that’s why they play the games…

  • somedude718

    If there’s 2 things that SA has shown in his tenure, it’s that:
    1. No one is untouchable if the right deal comes along.
    2. We will never off-load a player because we “have” to. I believe we got value back for a 5-week rental of Buck and Byrd last year because we allowed Hairston to play out his contract here in 2012. No one offered anything for Hairston: so we didn’t hand out something of value for nothing. That reputation is important to maintain in the eyes of FO (my eyes, too).

    Because of those things, and because it is impossible to forsee the needs of potential buyers, presumably anything can happen at the deadline if we are dead-red sellers.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    You could make a similar list with every team.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    MMO is talking about these guys getting traded. Who is this “we” you’re referring to? And honestly, with the possible exception of Murphy, do you really care what happens to these players?

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I love that MMO comes up with a list of a bunch of players nobody really cares about (except, I assume, Murphy) and now it’s “guess we’re punting on this season too.”

    That’s quite a leap.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    You can add Murphy, Colon, Flores and Ike to this list as well.

  • MM8677

    I’d love to get Owings for any of these guys.

  • MM8677

    That would be insanely awesome but no way we get Lindor for anybody on this list.

  • Tacohow

    This is just silly. Who would have thought at this time last year Byrd would bring us back what he did?
    And aren’t we hoping to be buyers instead of sellers this year? How about an article about 10 prospects we might trade to bring in a big bat?

  • Endy10

    seriously is this how the mets approach every season? which guys can we trade? i understand looking for value but you don’t trade away your everyday players unless you’re getting something good back. Basically what this article says is we have mediocre trade chips (like every team) b/c we don’t want to trade our good players. you can’t have it both ways though.

    basically the mets are stuck in the mud and can’t decide which direction to go in

  • DrDooby

    Since ownership & the FO do realize how important a .500+ season for the Mets in 2014 will be in the grander scheme of things, I would not expect any “veterans” for prospects trades this season.

    Unless, it´s basically from surplus, like settling the Ike vs. Duda situation or clearing a rotation spot for Montero or Syndergaard along the way by moving a more veteran back-end of the rotation SP.

    Also, considering there will be over a dozen valid 40-man roster candidates who aren´t on there for now – mostly a plethora of upper level arms – I´d rather expect the Mets to be “buyers” as long as they´re on the edges of any sort of race in 2014. Not in a very meaningful matter, of course. But I could see the Mets packaging a couple of young arms for a shorter term upgrades if they feel they´ll run into roster space issues before too long.

    Syndergaard, Montero, Mazzoni, Leathersich, Mateo, Ynoa, Tapia, Lara, A.Morris and Verrett all have in common that they´ll be 1st time eligible for the Rule V draft. Add Dilson Herrera and others that´ll be eligible as well and there will be some incentive to be proactive about it.

    And finally, barring a massive & surprising breakout in 2014, the value of pieces such as Dice K, Lannan, Teagarden or Farnsworth is going to be very limited as it is.

    Gee, Murphy, Parnell and Ike or Duda could be of interest for contending teams. But again, I doubt the Mets will be in the mode to sell. Almost regardless of whether they are 5 games over or 5 games under .500 around the time of the trade deadline.

  • IndianaMet

    Apparently TC is a highly regarded manager. Can we trade him?

  • Novito

    I hate to say it but mannnnn…some Mets fans are straight up bishes! Some of y’all complain about every little thing. Its an article on which 10 players would “likely” could be traded if the situation needs be. And you guys are complaining about it?? Sheesh. The Mets didn’t write the article & EVERY team, contender or not, should be prepared like this. Its called STRATEGY. If you’ve been paying attention to Mets ball then you know we’re still not “built” to win, but things happen & with Syndergaard & Montero coming up, & if Mejia stays healthy & rest of rotation does well, then our pitching can change the flow of the river. But the point is my fellow Mets fans…STOP WHINING!!!

  • Matlack

    Agree with this. If he rebounds well enough to receive a QO, the presumption should be that he sees it as his big opportunity for a multi-year contract. Of course, it’s a risk that he accepts, but it’s probably more likely that he feels he’s in line for a bigger contract.

  • Matlack

    That’s right. ‘Team-friendly’ applies to possible trade partners as well.

  • Matlack

    Agree completely. This has been pointed out ad nauseum in this blog and supported with facts. The opposing viewpoint has become like a religion to some of our fans, and they just can’t bring themselves to apostasize.

  • Taskmaster4450

    You are correct and that is the price for having a strong farm system and talent working its way up towards the major leagues: there is a 40 man roster crunch.

    I, too, foresee the Mets unloading 2 or 3 for 1 deals to clear the log jam. Also, guys like Kirk, Lutz, and MDD might see their time with the Mets ending. They are occupying roster spots when there are more highly touted guys looking to be added.

  • Taskmaster4450

    A team actually can be both. These players can be grouped along with prospects for something more.

    So trading some of these guys isnt a sign of selling especially if there is a logjam i.e. SP or 2B.

  • Taskmaster4450

    If he has a good season, with the state of OFs and what they got, he will clean up. He is in far better shape than Cruz since he can play defense and is not one dimensional.

    A good year gets him a $50M+ contract.

  • beers22

    “They probably won’t bring back much.” Yeah, but Marlon Byrd and John Buck were expected to bring back less than nothing at the start of last season.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yes they are the reason for the entire financial mess. Nobody is denying that. But a leopard doesnt change his spots and Jeff Wilpon is itching to spend. He was the reason Wright got the $120M extension and, some are reporting, that Jeff told Alderson to give Grandy a 4th year (not sure if it is true or not).

    Trust me, the Wilpons will spend. At this point, it is Alderson (with Uncle Bud’s backing) that is holding them back.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Maybe the staff of the Boston Globe will give you something for him but the other professional baseball people around the league probably wont.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Absolutely.

  • Hotstreak

    Like in poker you have to know when to bid, hold and fold. By fold get rid of Pujols and Teixeira. So you say Reyes. Wright should have been the guy to go with Murphy and Flores shovel ready 3B job to take over. Wright trade two years ago would put us in contending instead of a Hope position now.

  • Novito

    The 3 who down voted are the softies im talking about

  • donobrien

    Did you know Murphy was ranked #2 in base running in the majors. Eric Young Jr. was ranked #3. I kid you not.

  • Tomterrific

    Leave it to this site’s resident hack to post such an inane and ridiculous observation when training camp has barely opened, let alone spring training games started. NOW you want to speculate on the season unraveling? Besides, let me get this straight: Dice K, Lannan and Farnsworth aren’t even on major-league contracts, but yet they are mid-season trade bait? If Travis and Recker “show the catching situation is in good hands” Teagarden won’t even be on the team in April so how can he be showcased? On top of all that how about this? If all or most of the guys on this list play well enough that teams would be interested in them in a mid-season trade, THEN THE METS WOULD PROBABLY BE IN CONTENTION AND WOULDN’T WANT TO DEAL THEM. THEY’D BE BUYERS!

  • KennyandtheMets

    Murphy’s improvement as a base runner really took me by surprise last year. He turned a major weakness into a major strength. I didn’t know the rankings, but it doesn’t surprise me.

  • oleosmirf

    How exactly is Herrera eligible for the draft? 2014 is going to be just his 4th season as a pro. Remember that HS and IFA get an extra year before they are eligible so I think you are mistaken there.

  • sperry

    The speculation around Lannon and Dice-K has officially jumped the shark

  • Fonzie

    Would you forfeit your first rounder for Chris Young, even if he’s coming off a monster season? I’d be shocked if he turned down a QO for 15 mil.

  • BCleveland3381

    Why question the Chris Young signing? A 30 year old, 3 time 20/20 guy for one year 7.25 mil? That’s no risk. If he’s sucks, he’s gone after the year. If Lagares can’t hit, he’s the only other guy on the roster who can play a legitimate CF. If he does hit and we aren’t contending, we could parlay him into a Byrd-like return. Not liking his deal is extremely short sighted. If Lagares is injured or can’t hit a lick, who is our CF without Chris Young?

  • DrDooby

    Herrera signed in July of 2010 and thus during the 2010 season. Unless there’s some sort of extra exemption, he’ll be on the same “Rule V path” as 2010 HS draftees Akeel Morris or Noah Syndergaard who also become 1st time eligibles after the 2014 season.

    If you are age 19 or younger during the season you signed, you have to be protected after season 5. If 2010 counts for Herrera – which it should based on the signing date in July – then 2011,2012, 2013 and now 2014 count as the other 4 seassons beyond 2010.

    Domingo Tapia, Rainy Lara and Gabriel Ynoa weren’t eligible this winter because they all signed in November of 2009 and thus AFTER the completion of the 2009 season, so their clock also starts in 2010.

    Of course if for some reason Herrera doesn’t count as a 2010 signee, he’d get an extra year. But for now, I see no reason for that – unfortunately from a Mets point of view who could use that extra year…

  • Destry

    5mil-2014, 7mil-2015, 9mil-2016, 11mil-2017

  • oleosmirf

    I said nothing of the sort. I would have kept Wright and Reyes, but I wouldn’t have absolutely ignored the draft like Omar did. His drafting (other than 2010) was absolutely pathetic.

    The Mets farm system throughout Omar’s entire tenure was a joke and there was simply nothing there for a good 3-4 year period.

    In 2007 and 2008, the Mets had 5 first round picks, 3 second round picks and 3 third round picks. That’s 11 selections in the top 3 rounds over a 2 year period and not one of them was ever a top 100 prospect and Ike Davis and Kirk are the only ones who are currently still professional baseball players.

    Eddie Kunz, Nathan Vineyard, Brad Holt, Reese Havens. 4 1st round picks down the drain. Scott Moviel, Brant Rustich, Javier Rodriguez. None of them even made it to AA!!!!! Eric Niesen, Stephen Clyne and Kirk.

    Yet people complain about Nimmo because his .273 average and almost .400 OBP isn’t good enough for them?

    You want to know why the Mets couldn’t compete in 2009 to now? There’s your answer. Not cheap owners, not lack of spending, but a god awful farm system due to horrendous drafting.

  • 2aSupport

    Preach it Brutha!!!!

  • 2aSupport

    I don’t get how so much was expected from Niese. I don’t remember him being billed as anything more than a back-end starter. Somehow a myth of him being some sort of ace began. He’s not, and never was; nor will he ever be.

  • veech2203

    agree

  • veech2203

    completely agree, They could start us off with 80 wins and Met fans would continue to complain, not happy when they don’t spend and then complain when they do . enough already

  • OriginalLadyMet

    You have succeeded in annoying me more than Sandy Alderson when his comments basically said ‘if only you fans would show up
    at CitiField more we would have more money to buy better players’. Of the 10 players you mention/ target as trade bait 6 of them are fan favorites and the only reason I stay as interested in Met game outcomes on a daily basis. The Wilpons just have no clue what matters to the fan: besides winning, there is much more.. There is tradition, sentiment & relating to a ” brand”. I have been a loyal Met fan for 52 seasons. Too late to turn back now. Imprinted / brainwashed from an early age,
    Where is that young Met fan today? Wilpons are poor salesmen, at best. Lousy owners at worst❗️