According to the latest New York Mets rumors, there is some light trade interest in Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco.
The Jeurys Familia deal with the Oakland Athletics began the New York Mets trade deadline season. Not done yet, it’s time they continue shopping their players. Specifically, it’s those on expiring contracts they should look to move. According to the latest Mets rumors, there’s some new interest in a pair I would like to see them shop.
Two guys who fit this bill and didn’t begin the year with the team, but have put together solid numbers, are Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco. Mets rumors indicate there is interest around the league in the duo.
Both Band-Aids for the 2018 Mets, Bautista and Mesoraco have done more for this team than I think most imagined. While neither is having what could be considered an All-Star season, they’ve been more than credible.
Bautista signed with New York shortly after a failed experiment with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves had hoped to convert the veteran slugger into a full-time third baseman. Poor defense was expected, however, a weak bat made his performance look much worse.
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Desperate for some outfield help, the Mets inked Joey Bats to a deal. Since then, he has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters.
Mesoraco joined the Mets in a different way. The other half of the Matt Harvey trade with the Cincinnati Reds, Mesoraco swapped uniforms this year in a deal meant to help two players change their scenery. For Mesoraco, it seems to have worked.
The starting pitching staff has been quite stellar since Mesoraco joined. Though he doesn’t deserve a bulk of the credit, things would have been much worse with the minor leaguers they were using previously to his arrival. Mesoraco has also hit well at times, saving the lineup from an automatic out each time through the starting nine.
None of the Mets rumors indicate a specific team either could go to. It’s clear, though, what types of teams should want them.
Bautista is a suitable part-time bat any organization looking for pop should desire. He gets on base a ton and has the veteran experience needed to help get them to the postseason. Most likely, Joey Bats finds a home somewhere as a bench player.
A similar sentiment can be said about Mesoraco. He’s not a catcher who should log 130 games a year. He’s more of a platoon player at best. A team desperate for a catching upgrade would match up well with him. Whether they haven’t gotten the production they wanted from their catchers or they simply want a better backup, I think Mesoraco can help a contender.
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