3) Trade shortstop Amed Rosario for a position of need
In what has been a strange year around baseball this move may be one of the least likely the Mets would’ve envisioned coming into 2020. There is no question Amed Rosario has struggled this season at the plate and he has lost the momentum he had carried from the second half of the 2019 season where he looked like the Mets permanent answer at shortstop.
Rosario has gotten significantly outplayed this season by rookie top prospect Andre Gimenez and even reserve infielder Luis Guillorme. We have to remind ourselves it wasn’t that long ago that the 24-year old Rosario was floated around in potential blockbuster trades including this past offseason.
Unfortunately for Rosario, it has simply become a numbers game with the Mets as they have a glut of shortstops. Gimenez is showing promise both at the plate as well with his glove, and not to mention the top overall prospect in the Mets system is shortstop Ronny Mauricio who is also waiting in the wings. The best move Cohen can make in this scenario is to move Rosario this offseason for a need either at the Major League level or a promising young arm that the Mets sorely lack in the upper levels of the Minor Leagues.
While Rosario’s stock isn’t nearly as high as it has been in past offseasons, he will only be 25-years old at the start of next season and he won’t be a free agent until 2024. There are certainly teams that will line up to take a chance on him, and having a potentially young disgruntled player surrounded by question marks, who also lost his starting position, is probably one of the last things Cohen will want to deal with during his first Spring Training as Mets owner.
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The Mets will have to be flexible this offseason in acquiring new talent as their farm system isn’t rated among the best in the baseball community. Maximizing a position of strength and dealing Rosario could help the Mets acquire a player who could potentially help contribute in 2021 and beyond.