Mar 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius (1) makes the play for the out in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Didi Gregorius to the Mets "Has Legs"

Before their ace Patrick Corbin tore his UCL, the Diamondbacks were dangling one of their shortstops while reportedly looking for a young, high upside catcher in exchange. After Corbin’s injury, the thought was that Arizona might instead search for a starting pitcher in return for one of their shortstops. Reading the tea leaves, that may be the case.

On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks sent three scouts to watch Mets farmhands in Port St. Lucie. Wednesday night, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted:

Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that of their two shortstops, the Diamondbacks would only be making Didi Gregorius readily available in trade talks.

Gregorius, 24, is viewed as a plus defender at short, but his offensive ceiling – although he has above average pop for the position – isn’t close to his defensive one.


If the Diamondbacks are indeed interested in dealing Gregorius for pitching help, the Mets seem like a logical trade partner.

While the Mets might consider dealing Rafael Montero for a shortstop such as Nick Franklin (and would likely include him in a deal for Chris Owings), it wouldn’t be wise for the Mets to consider moving Montero for Gregorius – and I don’t think they will.

Instead, the Mets should attempt to get a deal done by offering Jacob deGrom or Jenrry Mejia. If the Diamondbacks balk at such an offer, the Mets could add a sweetener to the deal – perhaps a lower level pitcher (not Steven Matz) with upside.

The Mets could also potentially offer someone from their current starting five – think Dillon Gee – straight up for Gregorius if it comes to it. They could then slide Rafael Montero into the rotation in Gee’s place once they guarantee an extra year of team control over Montero around the third week of April.


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  • Ken Meoni

    Again I state this………Do we want to trade one of our fine young pitchers for this? Gregorius
    homered in two of his first three games with the Diamondbacks
    and batted .322/.386/.497 through his first 38 contests, but he mustered
    just a .202/.294/.284 line in his final 65 games. Note the .202… this what we will get? Is this worth getting?

    I have said this before. The Mets are not going to make a run this year. This will be another year of evaluation. Who’s on first? Which pitchers are going to pitch in the rotation in 2015? Which ones will be in the pen? Who will play in the outfield in 2015? Do we need a shortstop? Yes. Tejada would be better off playing somewhere other then NY as scouts have said. The Mets should try to get A. Cabrera from the Indians either through trade or free agency. Drew was offered $9M for one year and $20M for two years. Boras wants MORE!! So, forget Drew.

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    Those trade proposals are the worst I’ve seen in a while. Gregorius is run of the mill and not much of an upgrade to what we have now. Thankfully you are not the GM of the Mets…Matz as a throw in…funny stuff.