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Mets: Four bats the Mets might trade for a starting pitcher this offseason

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: Members of the New York Mets socially distance on the field after the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins was postponed due to a member of the Mets organization testing positive for COVID-19 at Marlins Park on August 20, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: Members of the New York Mets socially distance on the field after the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins was postponed due to a member of the Mets organization testing positive for COVID-19 at Marlins Park on August 20, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 09: Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on August 09, 2020 in New York City. New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Mets trade candidate Amed Rosario

A late entry into this topic is the Mets shortstop of the present and future, Amed Rosario. Or so we thought.

Rosario has not been very good in 2020. I think he gets a pass for it. I’m not going to judge what anyone does in such a weird season.

But there is a possible serious competition brewing at the position we thought was his for good. Andres Gimenez is playing some exciting baseball and making a case that he should get some playing time over Rosario. Even Luis Guillorme has out-hit Rosario in 2020, making for some tough decisions going forward.

Rosario’s heels were never fully dug in at the shortstop position. We knew about Gimenez for years and he’s not even the best prospect at the position. That title belongs to Ronny Mauricio, yet another talented young man in the Mets system hoping to field grounders between second and third for a decade at Citi Field.

We know from past trade rumors that Rosario is someone teams had an interest in. I recall previous rumblings about how his name came up in talks for J.T. Realmuto and Francisco Lindor. In this hypothetical scenario, I’m not looking to acquire a big-name bat. I just want a starting pitcher who can give me five or six good innings.

Rosario could help get that done. He’s still young and has shown promise. I do think, however, if he headlines a one-for-one trade the Mets would end up with a pitcher that looks more like a salary dump veteran than a core piece to their future.

If that’s all they can get, I might have to pass and figure something else out.

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