The Mets biggest move on trade deadline day wasn’t a trade at all, but it’s what everyone has been waiting for.
Shortly after 4 p.m. past on Monday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced that the team had promoted its top prospect Amed Rosario to the show and that he would play Tuesday in Colorado.
Alderson went on to say that the No. 2 prospect in the organization, Dominic Smith, wasn’t far behind and we could see Smith sooner than later.
Rosario is the consensus top Mets prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 2 prospect in all of baseball behind the White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada.
Last week, the Mets shipped first baseman Lucas Duda off to Tampa Bay and though the Mets didn’t deal another position player before the deadline, clarity on the state of the team helped Alderson’s decision to promote Rosario.
“I think that we want to see some of our players perform over the next couple of months, which would include Rosario and eventually (first-base prospect) Dominic Smith for a meaningful period of time, to gauge their potential impact, both of them, on 2018,” Alderson said.
While the Mets, like so many other teams, didn’t move any position players, they still have an entire month to pass their guys through waivers and deal them.
If any of the aforementioned names are moved, it could pave the way for Smith, who Alderson wants to have play to prepare him for next season.
“We wanted to get through the deadline and try to resolve some of the positional issues that we had,” Alderson said. “I think the flexibility that our existing infielders possess allows us to move some pieces around.”
“It was a combination of just getting through the hullabaloo of the trade deadline and then at the same time allowing some of our other players to get more familiar with some of the other positions,” he concluded.
Like Rosario, Smith has had a tremendous year at Triple-A Las Vegas, clubbing 16 homers and driving in 72 runs, while hitting to a .340/.394/.534 clip.
“Maybe I will get more definitive in a week, but right now not far behind [Rosario],” Alderson said of Smith.
It will be exciting to see the Mets top two prospects in action down the stretch and hopefully even more exciting for fans in 2018 when New York looks to compete again.