The New York Mets have two trade pieces they could shop to the Los Angeles Angels to help them survive the loss of Zack Cozart.
In their best effort to not waste another MVP-worthy season from Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels must make the postseason in 2018. In order to do this, they may need to get on the phone with the New York Mets.
The Angels received a huge blow to their offense this week. Third baseman Zack Cozart will require should surgery and may miss the rest of the year. Needless to say, this puts a big wound in their postseason dreams.
The American League West is a tight race. The defending champion Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners are fighting tough alongside the Angels and the surprisingly productive Oakland Athletics. If the Angels are looking to find some third base help outside the organization, the Mets have two players who can help.
Cabrera is a much more obvious trade candidate considering his contract situation. As a free agent when the season ends, the Mets have to deal him somewhere.
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Circumstances with Frazier are a little different. He’s under contract through next season. However, it would be a good idea to shop him at this year’s trade deadline to not only save some money but to make up for what has been an underwhelming signing.
You may have read recently on Rising Apple that the Mets and Angels are trade candidates in another potential deal. This one involves Jay Bruce. Though that deal could happen, it’s far more imminent the Angels find someone to play the hot corner.
Cabrera would make a lot more sense for the Angels. His ability to play multiple positions gives them more freedom. His free agent status should also appeal to them. As someone who resembles Cozart in some ways, he’s the player they should target most.
I doubt New York will find anyone to take Frazier from them. The veteran third baseman has missed a large portion of the season and when healthy has not produced.
Still, it wouldn’t hurt to check with the Angels if they have any interest in adding Mr. Salt and Pepper. His reputation as a good locker room leader may be enough to convince them that he’s a guy worth adding.
Any deal with the Angels won’t fetch much in return. Their farm system has been weak for years and I don’t expect them to deal any of the notable prospects this season. This works out fine for the Mets. The pieces they are moving aren’t too spectacular anyway.
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Will the Angels and Mets come to an agreement on a deal? It seems too perfect for the Angels to sidebar the Mets’ phone calls.