2) NY Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio will get traded this winter
Ronny Mauricio has yet to taste big league action and it’s hard to see him having a path cleared to do so. A shortstop prospect blocked by Francisco Lindor for the next decade, the next logical place to put him would be second base. However, with Jeff McNeil having an amazing season in 2022 and looking to possibly win a batting title, moving on from him doesn’t seem to be part of the plan.
Whether it’s in the same deal or a different one than Vientos, the Mets should start to lean toward trading Mauricio before his value tanks.
Mauricio remains an intriguing Mets prospect whose value with the franchise has only decreased because of the major leaguers they have and more recent draft picks. He has added power to his repertoire which only helps add interest from other ball clubs.
The Mets might always pull a fast one on us and trade McNeil instead but the timing of replacing him with Mauricio wouldn’t line up. Instead, maybe they plan to play Luis Guillorme as a starting second baseman. The biggest trouble with this scenario is what the team could even get in return for McNeil. He’s a uniquely talented player that can always fill in for them at a corner outfield spot.
A more practical trade that would make sense for them is sending Mauricio to another team to help in an area of need.