MLB trade rumors are beginning to leak onto social media. Unrelated to the New York Mets but also something fans of the orange and blue should know, the Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly not interested in dealing Ketel Marte.
Marte, who would be a wonderful fit for the Mets, has the potential to be one of the hottest names mentioned in this summer’s MLB trade rumors. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Diamondbacks won’t be selling him to the Mets or anyone else.
It was already a longshot to acquire Marte from the Diamondbacks even if they are selling as much as possible. One of the league’s best hitters for average, he’s a multi-positional piece the Mets could have conceivably plugged in at center field or even second base. This versatility could have helped the club overcome just about any injury.
Any hope of seeing him land in New York was probably unrealistic from the start. Arizona’s unwillingness to trade him, while possibly just a tactic to raise his price, adds to the unlikeliness that we see Marte in another team’s uniform.
Other MLB trade rumors Mets fans should know
There are two other players who are potential fits for the Mets mentioned in recent MLB trade rumors. Both, oddly enough, are being targeted by the Chicago White Sox.
Fellow Diamondbacks player Eduardo Escobar is someone the Mets could always think of as a third base option. The rumor going on right now is their interest in Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson. A possible pivot to Escobar wouldn’t be a shock.
A little more similar to Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates utility man Adam Frazier is having the kind of season we would expect from Jeff McNeil. The starting second baseman for the National League at this year’s All-Star Game, Frazier is a guy the Pirates are looking to sell high.
I like the idea of Frazier, but we run into some trouble next season and even this year if the Mets don’t bench one of the regulars on a daily basis. One possibility to always weigh whenever thinking of possible trades is how much this team actually believes in J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith. Davis, more so, continues to feel like a trade chip.
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MLB trade rumors haven’t fully spilled out from the elevator doors and flooded the hotel hallway like some sort of terrifying scene from a Stanley Kubrick film. It’s only the first week of July. Expect many more over the next few weeks as sellers bark about what they have and buyers try to cut a deal.