“It’s time to consider that Amed Rosario might not be that good — or at least might not be ready to contribute in 2018,” Schoenfield writes. “He’s hitting .230/.267/.300 and has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors of 75 to 7. Look, he’s played only 75 games and he’s just 22, and maybe the best scenario is to just let him play and learn, but he’s not helping the Mets right now.
After starting the season 11-1, the Mets have gone 6-14 since, mostly due to a lack of offense. Schoenfield points out that the Mets have the 27th-best wOBA (or, rather, fourth-worst) in the league and Rosario is not helping the offense get any better.
The fact remains, though, that this team has a lot of talent and the possibility of a playoff run is still very real. If they are serious about contending, Machado would be an immense upgrade over Rosario this season.
“Would you trade Rosario for Machado? Not if you think Rosario is going to be a star. But he has a lot to improve on to get there,” he writes. “The NL East looks like it might be wide open this year, and Machado would easily be worth three, or maybe even four, wins over Rosario over half a season. He also would provide a spark much like Yoenis Cespedes did in 2015.”
The 25 year-old Machado is hitting .346/.430/.623 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs and a 177 wRC+ so far this season. After winning two Gold Gloves at third base (2013 and 2015), he shifted back to shortstop where he currently has -2 DRS and a -2.1 UZR. Once he shakes off the rust, it stands to reason he’ll be just as elite as a defensive shortstop.
Schoenfield also lists the Dodgers, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs as other potential suitors for Machado.
I would trade Rosario for Machado in a heartbeat — Only if the Mets would be able to extend him. It is true that Rosario isn’t producing right now, but he clearly has the tools to be a great player in the future. It does make it easier to move Rosario in a deal for Machado with top prospect Andres Gimenez waiting in the minor leagues — someone with just as much (if not more) upside. I would not sacrifice that future for half a season of Machado, but I would absolutely pull the trigger if the Mets are getting many years of Manny.