What we shouldn’t like about the 2020 Mets trade deadline moves
There’s always a “but” isn’t there? Let’s talk about some buts.
As much as I enjoy the fact that Castro is a younger pitcher with promise, he has already pitched a few years and there isn’t much control. He can stay around with the Mets for two more seasons before the team has to pay him some big boy money. I’m not even sure they will want to.
Contract-wise, this wasn’t a spectacular deal for the Mets. Castro is already in his arbitration years which means if he’s pitching poorly the team is not getting a deal. He has been above average since joining the Orioles so he should be getting paid about what he deserves.
The one problem with the Castro move is that the club gave up a prospect with a potentially bright future ahead of him. This is always the negative in any trade so I won’t hold it against Van Wagenen too personally.
For Frazier, I don’t like reruns all that much. This is especially true when they aren’t good enough. I know the Mets weren’t going to somehow swing a deal for a superstar third baseman. It just felt a little lazy bringing Frazier in. When you’re going after a championship, go all out for it.
Then there’s Chirinos. The bad thing about him is he hasn’t hit a lick this year. He never really has. Let’s not get too surprised by how low his batting average is.
The major negative with the Chirinos addition happens when the Mets pick up his option next season. It’s not the cost that scares me but the potential that this is all they will do to improve their catcher situation. I know we all want J.T. Realmuto and many would be happy with James McCann. A full year of Chirinos isn’t going to get it done for me.
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The trade deadline moves made by the Mets this week didn’t deplete the farm system nor did they propel this team into the thick of the pennant race. They were great moves for a team already at the top. For a team in the position they’re currently sitting, it feels a little like they made moves for the sake of doing anything at all.