The New York Mets could use a more consistent right-handed bat in their lineup next season. According to one of the latest Mets trade rumors, Paul Goldschmidt may be the guy.
The last thing the New York Mets need is another middle-of-the-road first baseman. One of the best things could they add is a frontline right-handed batter at the position. Thankfully, the latest Mets trade rumors may offer a solution.
While their options at first base in 2019 are plentiful, it’s not time to accept what they already have in-house. According to Joe Giglio of NJ.com, this could mean taking advantage of a potential Arizona Diamondbacks fire sale and landing first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
The Diamondbacks are set to lose center fielder A.J. Pollock and starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to free agency this winter. Goldschmidt and pitcher Robbie Ray are close to free agency as well, the former with an expiring contract after 2019.
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Following a disappointing result in 2018, the Diamondbacks may look to re-tool the roster. This could mean shipping Goldschmidt elsewhere and taking a brief step back in 2019. Are the Mets a realistic possibility?
Obviously, the plan the Mets seem to have in place at the moment would involve Peter Alonso taking over the first base job at some point in 2019. However, their reluctance to promote him in late 2018 may mean they are willing to explore other options such as a trade for one of the best first basemen in baseball.
Through parts of eight big league season, Goldschmidt had been an All-Star six times. He finished second in the MVP ballot twice and finished third in 2017. He hits for power, average, and has a lifetime OBP of .398.
There’s not much negative to say about Goldschmidt. Even his speed is a weapon. In 2016, the 6’3 225 pound slugger swiped 32 bases in 37 attempts. Despite what the power numbers tell you, he’s not a lumbering buffoon at first base. He is an athlete who can do everything; even field as his three Gold Gloves show.
Best of all, Goldschmidt has remained healthy. For four straight seasons, Goldschmidt has played in 155 games or more. The Mets could use an ironman like this on their roster supplying them with power and run production abilities.
We don’t know yet just how far Arizona will take a possible sell-off this winter. They’ve shocked us several times over the past few winters. They snagged Yasmany Tomas out of nowhere and ended up as the big winners in the Zack Greinke sweepstakes. Sadly, neither deal has paid off with the Tomas deal in the books as a major bust.
Goldschmidt would certainly add a spark to the lineup in Queens. With Yoenis Cespedes not due back from the disabled list until Haley’s Comet passes next, Goldschmidt would fill a major hole.
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