Mets: Sports radio callers and their ridiculous Jacob deGrom trade packages
By Tim Boyle
Sports talk radio callers sound a little out-of-touch when they make trade packages the New York Yankees could send to the New York Mets for Jacob deGrom.
If you’re like me, you have fantasized about ripping our your car’s radio several times when listening to some fans talk sports. One topic often discussed in New York this spring has been the possibility of the New York Mets trading Jacob deGrom to the New York Yankees.
It’s as much of a “hot take” idea as there is. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to listen to what some fans believe is a fair deal.
When talking about the haul the Mets could get for deGrom, you have to start big. I’m talking at minimum two top 100 prospects. deGrom is an affordable pitcher in his prime. If the Mets get anything less than franchise-altering players, they have lost the deal.
From the mouths of many Yankees fans, I’ve been hearing the idea that the Mets would accept a whole lot less. Is this naivety or ego? Are these fans delusional or do they think the rest of baseball owes them?
Whatever it is, one package put together by a fan really stuck with me.
In most trade proposals for deGrom, the name Clint Frazier pops up. Okay, I get it. The Yankees don’t have much room for another outfielder and Frazier has a high ceiling. I’ll take it even though the Mets don’t really need him nearly as much as they do others.
Together, with Frazier, the Yankees would also send Dellin Betances, Tyler Austin, and Tyler Wade in exchange for deGrom.
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I cannot remember if this was a Yankees or Mets fan who proposed the deal. I’m thinking the former. If he was a fan of the boys in Flushing, I don’t want him anywhere near the general manager’s office.
Let’s start with Betances. You know, the guy who is a free agent at the end of next season and pitching poorly. The caller added that the team in Queens could trade Jeurys Familia to open up a room in the closer’s spot for Betances. Not only does he think the Mets should send their ace to the Bronx, he also wants them to take the Yankees’ scraps.
In Austin’s case, the Metropolitans would pass because of his position. He’s a first baseman and that’s the last thing they need. The team already has Dominic Smith and Peter Alonso in the minor leagues.
Why would they possibly want to add a 26-year-old hitting around .230 for his career? This is what Austin is.
Finally, there’s Wade. The versatile fielding 23-year-old is a nice throw-in for any trade between the Yankees. I like his speed, but he’s nothing more than a utility player.
A deal that would make more sense would include Frazier, Wade, and a little something called pitching help. Whether the Yankees offer up Justus Sheffield or a lesser pitcher doesn’t matter. This team isn’t going to walk away from a deal that includes their best starter without getting some arms back in return.
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Keep coming up with the trades you think the Mets will accept. Only in a fantasy land would they ever make any move that sends deGrom to the Yankees.