The Perfect Right-Handed Stick
If going the trade route, an intriguing player I would love to see the Mets try to land would be the 26-year old right field power hitter Nick Castellanos.
Castellanos checks all the boxes for what the Mets are looking for in a middle of the lineup power hitter. He is young, has a strong arm, can hit for home runs, doubles and a high a high OBP. Also, he brings balance to the lineup with his right-handed stick.
With the Detroit Tigers looking to trade off pieces and rebuild via youth and cost-controlled talent, the Mets would be foolish not to inquire what it would take to pry the Florida native away from the Tiger organization.
Castellanos has averaged 41 doubles, 95 RBI and over 615 at-bats over the last two years. Last year he posted a career-best .298/.354/.500 line and only committed 3 errors in the 142 games he started in right field for Detroit. At only 27 years old when the season starts, the best of Castellanos could still be yet to come.
But what would it take to get the youngster?
Now before you jump all over me and declare that this may be too much, think about what you are giving up to get a middle of the order bat that can seriously make one of the worst offenses in the league last year become potent.
Matz is a left-handed starter that has never pitched more than 155 innings in his four year Mets career. His record is six games under .500 for his lifetime and has an ERA close to 4.00 since being called up in 2015. The only enticing part of this for Detroit is that Matz may put it all together without injuries going forward and is cost-controlled via arbitration until 2022. Highly unlikely in the former scenario.
As far as Gimenez goes, the 19-year old Venezuelan prospect has shown an ability to take pitches and make contact at the lower minor league levels. But with his slight frame and build, plus the fact that the Mets have their middle infield set for at least the next four years with Cano and Rosario, Gimenez doesn’t figure to be much of a help to the major league squad in the near term future. Thus he is expendable.
Now one can argue that the loss of Matz may leave the Mets thin at starting pitching. But there are plenty of players that are either unsigned (Clay Buchholz) or that can be traded for (Daniel Mengden) that can more than fill the shoes as our fourth starter.
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With the chance to add such an impactful right-handed bat into the heart of our line up and ease the burden of our starters to be nearly perfect every time out on the mound, I believe giving up a few pieces from the farm system will be peanuts compared to the potential return in playoff appearances we can make over the next few years to come.