The Mets actions regarding trades throughout July are never set in stone. But what is the game plan if they trade away Asdrubal Cabrera?
Asdrubal Cabrera has been pretty hot all season. That means that other teams are going to be looking at him over the next two weeks. The New York Mets could get some decent prospects for Cabrera but how will they immediately fill in the gap at second base?
Of course this speculation is based on whether or not the Mets actually trade him or simply keep him the rest of the way. Though, there have been rumors that Cabrera will be on the Dodgers radar and perhaps a few other teams as well.
There’s lots of ways to fill in the gap left by Cabrera’s departure. They could move one of their current major leaguers to the position. They could trade for a cheaper hitter. Lastly, they could bring someone up from the minors.
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That last point might be the one that makes the most sense because of one player the team has in the minors who is quickly working his way up the food chain.
No, it’s not Peter Alonso, it’s Jeff McNeil. Not only is he a really good hitter, but he’s had more than 150 at-bats at triple A in his career already, meaning he doesn’t have to wait long to get the call.
If Cabrera does get traded at some point this month, there will be no reason for McNeil not to take his next step in August. If you look at his numbers, you will begin to see why.
So far in 2018 He’s spent 214 at-bats at double A. He was getting hits left and right. He hit .327 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI’s. A full season with of those numbers would be 30 home runs and 100 RBI’s easily.
Then, he was even better in triple A. Through 88 at-bats he was hitting .386 with four home runs and 21 RBI’s. His rate of driving in runners was even higher, nearly one RBI every game.
When you look at this guys numbers, it’s no surprise that he has a lot of talent. There has been some chatter that McNeil would be the one to get the call if the spot opens up, and that would be the right move.
This really would be a win-win choics for the Mets to close out the season. They could trade away someone who might not return next season. Plus they can get some talent back and bring in a potential new superstar.