Veterans (with value to the right team)
The Destination: New York Yankees
After his heroics in his first game as a Met led the team to an Opening Day win, the Cano experiment seemed like a great decision. However, just a few months into the season, it seems as though the acquisition was a mistake. Cano has been publicly criticized for loafing on the base paths, and his bat has cooled off significantly.
The question is, will any team even consider taking Cano’s massive contract? One interesting destination would be a trade to the rival Yankees. The Mets would likely have to cover a large portion of his remaining deal, but a move across town would allow Cano to reunite with the team became a star with. He could also provide valuable depth for a Yankees’ infield that has been decimated by injuries this season.
The Destination: Pittsburg Pirates
In all fairness, Ramos is the best catcher the Mets have had in several years. However, his first season in NYC has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. He has provided solid contributions with his bat but has struggled to develop chemistry with some of the starting pitching staff.
A team like the Pirates could certainly use a boost at the catcher position. Current starter Francisco Cervelli is injury-prone and not having a terrific season. hitting an abysmal. Either a platoon or replacement with Ramos in place would upgrade their backstop position.
The Destination: Anyone who needs a fourth outfielder
At this point in his career, everyone in MLB knows exactly what Lagares is as a baseball player. His defense in centerfield is elite and shows no signs of slowing down. However, he is clearly a liability as a hitter. His best role would be as a fourth outfielder and defensive sub for a playoff contender.
The Destination: Anyone who will take him!
The destination description may seem harsh, but there likely won’t be a large market for Frazier. The veteran infielder is nearing his mid-30s and he holds a two-year, $17 million contract that runs through the end of 2019. That price tag may be too much for a team to pay for his leadership and streaky power bat.
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