Teams have been interested in the Mets top prospect Amed Rosario. The Mets however are not fielding any of this interest or potential offers.
That’s right, the Mets don’t want to get rid of their top shortstop prospect, and don’t even want to feed into the thought of offering him up to other teams.
GM Sandy Alderson made this clear to reporters before he left the Winter Meetings, where the team made exactly zero moves.
Alderson had the following to say on Rosario:
"“We’ve made that clear before and continue to make that clear when his name is mentioned, so I think clubs have gotten the message.”“[Rosario] can be an outstanding player. I think that is why he is considered our No. 1 prospect, at a premium position. And, I think it’s going to be exciting to see him in spring training.”"
Additionally, the Mets are looking at Rosario and his versatility. Despite the fact that he has only played shortstop, he could get time at third base in the minors this season. According to the Mets GM:
"“We’re not going to harm him by playing him somewhere else. We know what he can do at shortstop. So, if we want to move him around while he’s still in the minor leagues in order to fill a role potentially more than shortstop at the major league level, even if on a temporary basis, then I think that’s important for him to be able to do that.”"
Rosario will obviously not be an everyday player this upcoming season, but 2017 is when he’s planning on making his debut in the majors. For both High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2016, Rosario hit .324 with 5 homers and 71 RBIs.
No one can deny that this 21-year-old has potential. I know that I’m excited to see his debut in the majors and see what he has to offer the team.
Plus, I love the fact that the Mets are talking about giving him play time in the minors at third base as well – whereas I do hope David Wright is all set to come back and rock it at third in his 130 games, we obviously need to be realistic and have backup plans also.
With Asdrubal Cabrera‘s contract ending after 2017 as well, the Mets will need to prepare to potentially fill that hole too. Not willing to include Rosario in any trades is a smart move.