As the MLB Trade Deadline nears, the Mets figure to be among the most active clubs in the league, with the team making almost nobody truly untouchable and with Jeurys Familia, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Zack Wheeler being bandied about a lot in trade talks.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke to multiple executives regarding their trade chips.
“The way they are saying they will only move their top starters [deGrom and Syndergaard] for a truckload is just another way of saying they are not trading them.”
According to multiple officials familiar with their situation, there are several factors at play as to why they would refuse to move them, and they all relate to ownership, as detailed in the article.
Anyways, teams do not see either of Wheeler, Familia, or Cabrera netting a major return at all, and in fact, they see the team’s returns for the three being extremely underwhelming for the fanbase, but did point out that the team really should consider dealing deGrom.
Furthermore, Sherman points out that the players the Mets are talking about trading are actually very similar to the ones traded last year. Familia is just this year’s Addison Reed and Cabrera is just this year’s Neil Walker.
The comparison for Zack Wheeler is less than inspiring too, as he is valued similarly to Jake Odorizzi, according to Sherman.
Odorizzi was dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Minnesota Twins in the offseason for infielder Jermaine Palacios, who as Sherman points out, is hitting .189 in Double-A this season and is not ranked among Tampa’s top 30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
The Mets have already seen someone of comparison to Familia, in Kelvin Herrera, get traded this season, and one executive believes the Mets should expect even less of a return for him than what the Kansas City Royals got for the latter.
“I put [Familia] south of Herrera, but not by a ton, and more comparable to Reed. If your pen needs a dominant right-on-right guy, he’s a good fit. But I worry about his health, and I don’t love him as a full-inning shutdown reliever in October if two of three hitters he would face are lefties.”
Herrera’s 4.66 ERA since joining the Washington Nationals certainly doesn’t help the Mets case either, as the extreme volatility of relievers is on full display in this case after he posted a 1.05 ERA in 27 games prior to moving to the nation’s capitol.
Whatever the case, this report certainly less than promising for the Mets’ trade deadline plans.