Is Brandon Nimmo Tradeable?

Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; New York Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo before the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The 13th overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft has been touted as a valuable piece of the Mets’ future. But the pressing need for a power bat has put the Mets in the trade market. Could Brandon Nimmo be a piece they fork over to make this deal happen? I think he could, and he should.

The 20 year old has only been in the Mets’ system for a little over two years now and is regarded in the top-tier of Mets prospects.  Baseball-America ranked him as the 8th best Mets prospect, and added that he has the best strike zone discipline of any Mets prospect.

In his short tenure with New York, Nimmo has caught the eye of many but is lost in the fray behind guys like Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, and Dominic Smith. In his first full season in A-ball, Nimmo sported a .273/.397/.359 triple slah in 110 games.

Still raw, Nimmo isn’t projected to make a major league impact until 2016. With a guy as far away as Nimmo is, his name should be on the list of potential trade pieces to go get a big time bat.

Nimmo could be a piece that keeps Noah Syndergaard in Flushing, and has the potential to command a lot in a trade. The Mets could use Nimmo as one of the complementary pieces in an effort to acquire a guy like Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki.  Perhaps if the Mets couple him with other prospects not named Syndergaard, a deal could be done.

Most fans are hesitant to make a trade if it requires giving up Syndergaard or Montero.  Making Nimmo available could eliminate this fear. The Mets also have a guy that could replace him on the depth charts in Dominic Smith, their first round pick from this season.  Baseball America ranks Smith as the Mets’ 4th best prospect. Finishing with the 10th worst record this season also gives the Mets a protected pick in the 2014 draft, where they are likely to add another impact prospect.

Making Brandon Nimmo available this off-season could give the Mets a huge bargaining chip that they didn’t have before. He could also bring in a bunch of new trade partners and names that were not originally part of the plan. Also, there’s no risk in making him available if no trades form or he doesn’t command enough for Sandy Alderson to pull the trigger.

Just putting Nimmo’s name out there may really help the Mets this winter. It’s an idea that could help to bring back that power bat the Mets so desperately desire.

 

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  • AnakinCorleone

    Nimmo is in the exact same situation now that Travis d’Arnaud was in when he was traded by the Phillies to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay deal. I don’t see Nimmo as untradable but it would have to be for a comparable player to Halladay (except a cleanup hitter rather than a front-line starting pitcher.)

    • http://www.convertedmetsfan.blogspot.com Sam Maxwell

      Have to give it this above debate to AnikinCorleone, though I also am not yet sure my opinion on trading Nimmo…

  • cousinrk

    I’m sorry but no one is trading a major league player for an A-ball outfielder. Maybe he’d be an extra throw in piece around prospects closer to the majors but then if that’s the case they could probably use someone else in his place. Second aren’t the Mets lacking in outfielders and position players? Why would they trade a guy who fits the bill of the type of player they are going to need in a few years?

  • Zach Ripple

    Terrible idea. What you get back will not bring back enough to warrant trading Nimmo. Puello I can understand a bit more, but Nimmo is raw but has the ability to be a nice on-base guy with good speed and extra-base power, and he ultimately wil probably play left field, although he’ll be a very good one at that. Probably a 2-hole hitter, maybe 3 if he learns to hit for more a bit more power.

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