3) Kevin Parada
The one prospect on this list is Kevin Parada. It’s obvious why he’s a Mets trade candidate. The club already has Francisco Alvarez in the majors digging his heels in behind the plate. The need for Parada has lessened.
Catchers at all levels are a curious bunch, though. Like shortstops, they can sometimes change positions. Something like this shouldn’t be out of the question for Parada. Exactly where he’d play is anyone’s guess as he has yet to venture away from the catcher spot as a professional.
Parada had an unexceptional 2023 season batting .248/.324/.428 with 14 home runs. A new class of college and high school kids entering the draft paired with his struggles have bumped him down the list as the best catching prospects in baseball.
Trading a prospect at a position where you already have another stud youngster is an obvious move to make. The urgency to do so with Parada isn’t there just yet. If the Mets are going to make a deal involving him, they might want to think about whether selling him low is the right thing to do or if seeing what he can do next year to increase his value benefits them more.
Of course, waiting has its own consequences. What if Parada’s value completely tanks?