Early New York Mets trade rumors about the upcoming offseason have indicated the team may flip J.D. Davis for pitching help this winter.
The New York Mets will conclude the 2019 season with plenty of positive takeaways. One of the best stories to come from the year is the performance of J.D. Davis. For those hyped to see more of him in 2020, you might want to hold off. According to recent Mets trade rumors, Davis is someone the team could move this winter for pitching.
In a tweet by Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets view Davis as an asset they could flip this winter for pitching help.
Pitching is something the Mets do need, after all. Specifically, they need some help in the form of relief variety. To see Davis’ name appear in Mets trade rumors is still a little heartbreaking when he managed to become one of the club’s most beloved players this season.
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We all knew the Mets were facing some tough decisions this offseason. The roster crunch to fit the abundance of corner infielders and outfielders presented a difficult challenge. Davis, who has no one true position, has long been one of those guys we knew could get moved.
Davis’ breakout campaign makes him a valuable piece to the Mets’ future plans whether used in a trade or as the club’s main left fielder. Personally, I would prefer to see the team keep him and move Dominic Smith.
Davis excelled over a longer period of time in 2019 and swings a right-handed bat. I also prefer to have a guy who can play the corner outfield and both corner infield positions over someone like Smith whose main position is first base. Plus, Smith swings a left-handed stick.
Any Mets trade involving Davis will probably send him to the American League. He’s a perfect occasional DH who can fill in as an outfielder half of the time. Unfortunately, he’s also someone I fear the Mets will regret trading.
Trading a position player with the potential to smack 30 home runs for a relief pitcher feels dangerous to me. If Davis was a one-trick pony then maybe I’d be a little more about to it. However, he can also hit for average and he’s far from a strikeout machine.
I fully expect just about every name on this team’s roster to appear in future Mets trade rumors. Only Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso feel like locks to stay put—other than the payroll burdens like Yoenis Cespedes.
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Davis is going to have an impact on the 2020 Mets in one way or another. If it’s as a trade asset to acquire a relief pitcher or two, I think the Mets will have made a terrible mistake.