Mets make a trade no one saw coming
While Mets fans hold their breath that the team gets a deal done with the Cleveland Indians for Francisco Lindor, it’s not something I am willing to predict quite yet. There are a lot of teams that can give the Indians more than the Mets can in a trade. For this reason, I’m not putting my willing to put my reputation as the fat kid with really bad dandruff in fourth grade on the line.
This doesn’t mean the Mets will pass on other opportunities for a trade. In December, I think we’ll be surprised by a move they make.
My gut tells me the Mets will subtract someone from their roster this month. It may not be a major move, but it will be a familiar name.
Someone like Robert Gsellman could make sense to trade for some minor league talent. He doesn’t really fit in well with the roster in any capacity. His poor pitching last year has made him more expendable. Another team may, however, view him differently.
Gsellman is still young and with enough practice, could turn into a solid starting pitcher. The Mets can’t have the patience for this. They are in win-now mode.
Another name to watch is Steven Matz. I wouldn’t expect the Mets to get much in return for him. Matz has struggled for several seasons now and is approaching 30.
Still, there’s always room out there for a lefty pitcher. Like Gsellman, a team could view him as a project.
First, Matz and Gsellman will need to survive the non-tender deadline which hits us on December 2. By the time you read this, one or both may already be gone.
For an alternative deal, what if we see the Mets trade J.D. Davis, not for a star, but for some minor league help?
Those looking at the big trades to add some talent to the roster may also be pleasantly surprised in December. The possibilities feel endless for this organization.