J.D. Davis provided some much-needed right-handed power in the Mets lineup and that power could be what the team uses to secure the services of Francisco Lindor in 2021.
When looking at the players most likely to be traded, you’re looking at the same names in a number of different trades. In this situation, Adrian Cervantes has the same idea as Elizabeth Muratore, except his package includes both Rosario and J.D. Davis. Let’s take a look:
In this trade situation, the Indians get two major leaguers and a top ten prospect. The key to this becomes Davis’s ability to play left field. In doing that, the Indians cover three positions at left field, third base, and shortstop. Now, this obviously takes away from the depth at the major league level for the Mets. Of course, in this situation you could put have a combination of Andres Gimenez and Jeff McNeil at second and third base and play Dom Smith in left field. However, the bench thins out a bit.
This package becomes enticing if you’re the Indians due to the help it provides both in the immediate and the future. In Vientos, you’re obtaining controllable talent that’s cheap, while with Davis and Rosario, you’re getting Major League-ready talent that has proven to be productive.
While some fans may not want to give up Rosario and Davis, it’s important to note that the Mets best lineup doesn’t contain both of them playing at the same time. With Smith’s breakout season last year alongside Gimenez’s stellar rookie season, it’s hard to imagine both Rosario and Davis being in the lineup at the same time enough to not consider dealing both of them in attempt to receive a major upgrade in Lindor.
While there’s a chance it might take one more lower-level prospect to get a deal done, it would be to Cleveland’s detriment to look at this package and not at least use it as the merit for other teams to reach to acquire Lindor.