Why this would actually benefit the non-Mets club
In dealing with the Mets, the team sending the star player gets the benefit of adding average or maybe even slightly below or above players to their roster. These guys would help add depth. Is a baseball team better with the league’s MVP or three guys that barely made the All-Star team? I would argue the latter.
I’m going to use the names of three guys I think we all expect to get shopped this offseason. J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Jeff McNeil. McNeil is the only new addition to the list of possible trade candidates. The other two have been mentioned in rumors since 2019.
The Mets could trade each of these guys in separate deals or even pair up two. What about all three?
A team that went through a major rebuild last year can suddenly take a few steps closer rather quickly. An even better example, what about a club that fell short but still has a ton of superb players?
It’s not happening but trading these three Mets to the San Diego Padres for Manny Machado isn’t so bad in a fictional simulation of a baseball season. The Padres get three guys who have hit in the major leagues before. Each could find a major role with the club in 2022. David or McNeil plays third base. The other ends up in the outfield. Smith is in left field or gets innings at first base when the Padres are finally able to unload Eric Hosmer’s contract. Or maybe the addition of the DH to the National League helps solve the problem.
You get the point. The Mets shouldn’t have to make small moves and hope they work out. The perfect thing they can do is gather together their best trade assets and throw them at a team looking to move a single player that’s as much of a sure thing as you can find.
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That’s the perfect trade situation. And it’s never going to happen.