If the New York Mets do trade Kevin Plawecki, what could they get back for him? This is a look at some of those names they should target.
Both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud are receiving attention from other teams looking to acquire catching depth. But, as of right now, it looks like Plawecki is most likely to be traded according to Brodie Van Wagenen designating d’Arnaud as the Mets’ 2019 backup catcher.
Given the scarcity of quality catchers these days, the Mets can expect some value in return for Plawecki’s services.
Plawecki was once a first-round draft pick, is a tolerable hitter at the catcher’s position, an ordinary defender, and has four years of control left.
Basically, he’s an average catcher with team-friendly control attached to him.
But, an average catcher goes a long way these days. Teams competing for playoff spots have started to favor defensive catchers that can platoon rather than expensive options that will only play 120 games over the course of a season.
This makes Plawecki a low-risk, high-reward option for other teams. And, to the Mets, it makes him very easy to trade.
The Mets could use a couple more major league ready pieces to complete their playoff puzzle. They should have no problem acquiring one of these players via a trade with Plawecki.
It is important to note that while Plawecki will serve as a centerpiece in each of these deals, a trade may also need to be supplemented with an additional piece like a low-level minor leaguer or cash from either side.
And, while a team like the Milwaukee Brewers are in need of catching depth and may be worth dealing with, they cannot offer major league ready players better than the likes of Tommy La Stella or Tyler Saladino.
The goal is to find players that can contribute right away and are a good fit on the Mets’ 2019 roster. So, I’ve selected two teams that could benefit from a trade for Plawecki with ample candidates the Mets could use immediately.