With 17 days till the MLB Trading Deadline, the New York Mets have come to the assumption that they will shop RHP Bartolo Colon for either a upgrade at Shortstop or a Power Hitting Left fielder to play alongside Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.
This does not come as a shock because Colon is owed $3.75MM remaining this season and $11MM in 2015 and with the Surplus of Pitchers the Mets have on the rise, they could easily have enough to fill the rotation the rest of the year and beyond.
The Mets will have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Daisuke Matsuzaka to Fill the 2014 Rotation and in 2015 they will hopefully have a healthy Matt Harvey and prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero to at least compete for a spot.
The Mets are also believed to be shopping Outfielders Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. and possibly Bobby Abreu to clear outfield roster space as well. Neither Young is enjoying a particularly strong season, though Young Jr. will be more attractive to other teams due to his speed (25-for-28 in steals) and two remaining years of team control, whereas Chris Young is owed over $3MM for the rest of the year.
The Mets have logical targets in the Cubs, D'Backs who might be in the sellar state of mind. The Cubs have a overabundance at shortstops in their organization with the addition of Addison Russell from the A's. They have Starlin Castro in the Majors and Javier Baez ready in Triple-A. According to reports, Baez might be more attainable in trade than Castro. The cost cutting Mets might not like what is owed to Castro on his contract $44 Million.
Javier Baez is a shortstop with some pop. He currently has a .240 with 14 HRs and 55 RBI's in the Minors.
He also is a base stealing threat with 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In 2013, Baez hit 37 HRs between Single-A and Double-A.
Baez's Minor League Stats:
The D'Backs have Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings in their arsenal at shortstop. The Mets could use Gregorius, who is a left handed bat and plays steady defense. But, New President of Baseball Operations Tony LaRussa might want to sit through the rest of season to evaluate his team before making any moves before the off-season.
Other Possibilities: Alexei Ramirez (White Sox), Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians), Jimmy Rollins (Phillies), Elvis Andrus (Rangers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), Stephen Drew (Red Sox), Yunel Escobar (Rays), Nick Franklin (Mariners), Luis Sardinas (Rangers), Nick Ahmed (D’backs).
My Picks would have to be Tulo #1, Andrus #2 as dream candidates on the Mets.
Last Resort Backups:
Sean Rodriguez (Rays), Mike Aviles (Indians), Eduardo Nunez (Twins), Adam Rosales (Rangers), Danny Espinosa (Nationals), Clint Barmes (Pirates), Cliff Pennington (D’backs), Josh Rutledge (Rockies), Alexi Amarista (Padres).
Of Course, the Mets would not have to part with pitching to get anyone of the higher level guys. If the Mets got offered Tulowitzki or Andrus for Syndergaard, I don't know how they would pass.
The Mets will also look for a corner outfielder with some pop.
Possible Trade Candidates:
Josh Willingham (Twins); Marlon Byrd and Domonic Brown (Phillies); Alex Rios (Rangers); Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist (Rays); Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo (White Sox); Carlos Quentin, Chris Denorfia and Will Venable (Padres); Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier (Dodgers); Nate Schierholtz (Cubs); Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees); Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins); Mark Trumbo (Diamondbacks); Allen Craig (Cardinals).
My Picks would have to be Giancarlo Stanton #1, Ben Zobrist #2, Allen Craig #3, Andre Either #4. All these guys can hit, but again the Mets will have to pay the price. Rios, who has some pop might be mentioned in rumors.