The New York Mets need a catcher and the Boston Red Sox have one they need to trade. Is Blake Swihart bound to join the Mets?
Just as the New York Mets are prepared to move on from Matt Harvey, the Boston Red Sox are willing to do the same with Blake Swihart. The situation up there in Boston is quite different, though. Swihart is taking up a roster spot the Red Sox need for other players, leading to his spot on the team’s trade block.
I’m still onboard with believing Swihart won’t solve the Mets’ catching woes. For sure, Swihart won’t upgrade this team defensively. Right now, this isn’t what the Mets need from the catcher. They need someone who isn’t an automatic out while at-bat.
Who would have thought the idea of a catcher hitting .200 would be a dream come true? I do believe, with enough playing time, Swihart can at least offer this. Lobaton and Nido cannot.
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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, we shouldn’t expect to see a Harvey for Swihart trade in the next few days. I’m pretty sure the Red Sox learned their lesson years ago about how important a positive locker room chemistry is. Plus, what can he offer the Red Sox that a million other relievers cannot?
No team in baseball needs a catcher as desperately as the Mets. With this knowledge, I expect the Red Sox to pump out their chests at any possible trade proposal.
That said, they cannot afford to lose Swihart without getting anything in return.
These two teams are ideal trade partners. Both teams need to make a move now. Rather than getting stuck in a ridiculous standoff and spite themselves, it’s better each works together.
Kevin Plawecki will return in a few weeks to provide the Mets with some relief. When he does, can we really trust him to carry the position? This is the same man who played second-fiddle to Travis d’Arnaud. There’s no reason to believe he’s ready to start five or six times a week.
Swihart is an available quick fix for the Mets and one worth taking. Depending on the asking price, the Mets could pull the trigger before the next homestand.
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