Despite all of the recent rumors and trade proposals floating around the internet, the New York Mets are not parting with any of their core prospects this winter.
If the Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco trade has taught us anything it’s that New York Mets Team President Sandy Alderson and General Manager Jared Porter are not going to trade any of the organization’s top five or six prospects currently in their system. That group of players includes but is also not limited to shortstop Ronny Mauricio, catcher Francisco Alvarez, third baseman Brett Baty, right-handed pitcher Matthew Allan, outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, and right-handed pitcher J.T. Ginn.
There have been rumors recently regarding the Chicago Cubs having a dialogue with the Mets for third baseman Kris Bryant. The Cubs reportedly are interested in Francisco Alvarez which seems to be an unrealistic asking price in today’s current market.
I also understand it’s part of the negotiation process as you always start negotiations aiming high, however, the Mets simply aren’t going to part with their number two prospect for a potential one-year rental of Bryant while absorbing his $18 million salary for next season as well.
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For Lindor and Carassco, the Mets unloaded outfielder Isaiah Greene and right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf who were ranked number nine and number ten respectfully in the Mets prospect rankings by MLB.com.
However, both of those players are still very early in their development and it was a sensible ask from Cleveland’s front office that was too good to pass up for one of the top ten players in all of baseball.
There also have been numerous trade proposals suggested for players around the league that simply don’t make much sense to make from the Mets standpoint, especially in today’s baseball climate.
While I would love the Mets to add another star player via trade, I’m not prepared to do it at the expense of further depleting our shallow farm system. I’d much rather the team fill out their needs through free agency rather than mortgage our future via trade.
Sandy Alderson has openly indicated numerous times after the recent blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians that the organization is in a position to not trade any of its top prospects moving forward.
Opposing General Managers around the league are going to have to get creative when approaching Jared Porter with a trade proposal, as one of the main goals the organization is looking to accomplish moving forward is replenishing their farm system that was exhausted by previous General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
The Mets certainly have pieces on the Major League roster who could be expendable in trades and they do have players further down in the pipeline that could intrigue other teams in a potential deal. But one thing is for certain, the team isn’t parting with their core prospects in any deal this offseason as those six players previously mentioned above can be deemed as close to untouchable as the word itself.
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At this point opposing General Managers make note that if you plan to continue asking the Mets for a top-five prospect in any deal this winter, the answer from the front office is going to be as cold as the weather is outside right now in the middle of January.