James Richards has a three-player package for the Rockies
Second on our list of Mets trades for Arenado comes from James Richards. Going in a different direction than Griffin, Richards is willing to part with a little more talent in his best offer.
This is quite a haul for Colorado. They get a young first baseman on the rise, a speedy infielder with a great glove and a potentially good bat, and one of the franchise’s best pitching prospects.
Dominic Smith is certainly someone we could see the Mets deal away in any blockbuster trade this winter. Getting anything less than an All-Star player would be a travesty.
Trading Gimenez, in this case, is to open up the infield a little more for the Mets. One issue it doesn’t resolve is how to fit Davis and Brandon Nimmo into the lineup, but I’m sure Richards has a few ideas on how to do so. I think trading Davis makes a little more sense in a deal for Arenado, but it’s also not a requirement.
The Rockies also get Matthew Allan, a young prospect ranked fourth in the Mets system right now. I think the idea of getting home would definitely push this deal through. Richards has assembled an Arenado trade package that might actually turn fans against the third baseman before he even sets foot in Citi Field.
There have been many trade ideas regarding Arenado all over the place this winter. This one feels realistic to me. The Mets would obviously need some assurance Arenado cannot opt-out of his deal. Otherwise, I’m afraid this trade proposal has the most potential to bite New York.