The Mets could still trade Mark Vientos
The Mets probably won’t trade Mark Vientos for a couple of reasons, but the justification for doing so is comprehensible. He was already the third guy in the expected third base competition between Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio. The injury to the latter may have moved Vientos up the depth chart slightly, but it doesn’t really mean the Mets will give him all that serious of a look at the position.
We’ve seen how much this regime values defense. It’s the one weakness in Vientos’ game holding him back from any consistent major league playing time. With the Mets already possibly looking to add more third base help on top of having Joey Wendle on the roster, it does seem as if Vientos is back to not having much of a role.
The same problems Vientos has with the Mets are ones other teams would have if they added him. Vientos is a DH who hasn’t done a whole lot of hitting at the major league level just yet. While not given nearly enough of a chance to play consistently, it’s the poor defensive reputation that has regularly put the team into a position where they don’t have room for him.
Will the Mets actually throw a curveball and deal him? The probability is much higher than it is for many other players. Vientos has one minor league option remaining and if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster the final one will be used. His value will only get worse once there is no choice but to keep him in the majors.