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Mets Trade Rumors: Brodie Van Wagenen open to trading Brandon Nimmo

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 17: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 17: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Recent New York Mets trade rumors report the team is open to including Brandon Nimmo in a deal this winter.

The MLB Winter Meetings are a great time for teams to talk trade. The latest New York Mets trade rumors have given many fans a scare. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets are open to trading Brandon Nimmo, perhaps in their pursuit of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.

Many Mets trade rumors this offseason have focused on the team’s interest in Marte. Even after acquiring Jake Marisnick in a trade with the Houston Astros, we could see Brodie Van Wagenen look to further bolster the outfield core with another splash.

Ask most Mets fans and they will agree, Marte isn’t an upgrade over Nimmo. While he brings things to the field Nimmo cannot, other factors such as age, salary, and years of control also play a factor. Trading Nimmo for Marte is a win-now move, but as I previously explored, does it really make the Mets any better?

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In addition to these Mets trade rumors about Nimmo and Marte, Martino reports the team is looking to move Jed Lowrie’s salary in order to free up room to sign either Rick Porcello or Dellin Betances.

It’s an unfortunate place to be when the Philadelphia Phillies are signing Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius while the Atlanta Braves have already signed multiple relief pitchers the Mets could have used.

Thus far, Van Wagenen has been quiet with his actions at the Winter Meetings. The biggest news has been the fact that he doesn’t own a pair of sweatpants.

It’s unclear exactly what the Pirates would want in return for Marte. In Martino’s latest report, a major league outfielder to replace Marte is one possibility. In addition to this, the Pirates have shown offseason interest in a catching prospect. The Mets have several to choose from, but I’m not so sure anyone other than Francisco Alvarez would intrigue Pittsburgh enough.

Alvarez made my list of Mets prospects who are untouchable this offseason. It’s a “no” for me.

Swapping Nimmo and more for Marte doesn’t work for me and I’m guessing most Mets fans would agree. These Winter Meetings Mets trade rumors haven’t given much confidence in the team.

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