Mets possibly emulate crosstown trade in Chicago?
The first major domino to fall was a deal struck between both Chicago teams. Could we see a repeat with both New York teams over the next two weeks?
The first major domino has fallen ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline. Jose Quintana was dealt across town from the White Sox to the Cubs. In exchange, the south siders received the defending champions’ top two prospects along with two lower level farmhands.
We’re off to the races. Most fans have already embraced the fact that most or all the following will be dealt: Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, and Addison Reed. Would the organization entertain a crosstown deal with the Yankees? If so, that may come at the expense of another reliable bullpen arm in Jerry Blevins.
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The Yankees like Blevins and it makes sense that they would want to pick off the Mets’ top relievers. Reed has proven in his New York tenure to be a reliable arm at the back end of the pen. However, Blevins may drive up the cost of return even more because of his club option for next year. The Yankees also have a hole to fill at first base, but Duda has some competition on the trade market.
What to make of all this? The Mets aren’t stone cold buyers or sellers. That we know, but it’s all about finding the right deals. Plus, if the two New York teams actually do agree on an exchange for Reed rather than Blevins, then he can still potentially be re-signed this winter by the Mets when he becomes a free agent.
Losing Blevins would hurt in the immediate future, but a deal constructed around him could give the Mets more leverage in asking price with that extra year of control on the table.
The Yankees have one of the best farm systems in baseball and it’s rich in spots where the Mets could use some help. Plus, everyone in Queens (and everyone in baseball) saw the Yankees pull off the Aroldis Chapman yo-yo, which got them extra prospects from the Cubs last summer. To a lesser extent, maybe the Mets are thinking along the same lines with Reed.
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It’s hard to know exactly what Sandy Alderson is thinking with 18 days to go from the publication time of this article until the deadline. One thing is for sure: the Mets have pulled off deals in the past that got them great talent during the Alderson era (see Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey). The Mets can still be players in free agency this offseason while restocking the farm system as much as possible the rest of this month.