Mets need to take advantage of White Sox fire sale
This week the Chicago White Sox unloaded their best pitcher their best Outfielder to the Red Sox and Nationals. It’s time that the Mets took advantage of this and worked out their own version of a super deal.
Chris Sale went to the Red Sox for mega prospect Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and other prospects. Mets fans breathed a sigh of relief because the Nationals were in on Sale. The Nats did however land Adam Eaton for Lucas Giolito and others in the end.
The White Sox are beginning what looks like a well thought out re-building process now. The Mets need to cash in on this. While their best players are now off the board, the White Sox boast others that could easily help the Mets.
Recently, the idea of trading Jay Bruce for White Sox Closer David Robertson popped up. Now it seems that stopping there would be a terrible idea. Keeping that idea intact would be the best bet, and then expand on that because the Sox would now be in an even bigger need for an OF bat.
The first piece that the Mets could go after is Jose Abreu. There’s nothing wrong with having Lucas Duda as the team’s first baseman, but Abreu, who hit .293 with 25 Home Runs and 100 RBI would be a huge upgrade. Let’s not forget that Abreu has at least 600 Plate Appearances in each of his three seasons.
The Sox would want a considerable amount of prospects from the Mets to pull off such a deal. While the Mets most likely won’t offer some of their top guys, the Sox should be comfortable with a few of the guys that they can afford to part with.
One possible candidate to be moved to the Sox would be a Catcher. The White Sox have a slight need when it comes to this position. Their two best power hitting Catchers, both hit below .220 in 2016. The Mets could part with one of their back-up catchers, whether Rivera or Plawecki or even offer their #1 Catching prospect Tomas Nido.
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Ideally, for Robertson and Abreu, a deal involving Bruce, Duda, Nido, and possibly Gavin Cecchini or Justin Dunn should be more than enough.