New York Mets: Three possible Amed Rosario trade destinations
By Leen Amin
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are coming off yet another disappointing season and while pitching is by far their most glaring issue, they now have a problem at shortstop, as well. Andrelton Simmons, who has been their shortstop since 2017, is now an unrestricted free agent and it doesn’t look like a reunion with the Angels is in sight.
There’s a significant chance the Angels find their shortstop of the future in free agency, but the Mets could be a great trade partner if they are interested in Rosario.
Who could the Mets look at in return?
Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy was apparently available at the trade deadline this season and is signed for one more year, so the Angels might still be willing to part with him at the right price. Bundy is coming off a solid season and would add much needed depth to the Mets’ rotation in 2021.
Reliever Noé Ramirez had a good 2019 season and was even better in 2020. He will be 31 in December and is under team control for three more years, so he could end up helping the bullpen for a few years to come.
27-year-old reliever Keynan Middleton had a rough 2020 season but boasts an impressive 3.48 ERA in a career that has spanned four years. He’s also under team control for three more years and is an even better bullpen option than Ramirez.
If the Mets choose to go the prospect route, LHP Hector Yan is someone they might look at. Yan is a borderline top-10 prospect in Los Angeles’ farm system, is a top-4 pitching prospect for them, and is their second-best LHP prospect.
His ETA is 2022 and he’s yet to play anything more than 26 games in single A ball, but he did well enough in the minors in 2019 to earn a spot on the Angels’ 40-man roster in 2020. In 2019 he boasted an ERA of 3.39 and struck out a whopping 148 batters, good for second in the Midwest League.