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:
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 20, 2014
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.