The early July edition of MLB Trade Rumors’ list of the top 50 trade candidates is trying to figure out who is buying and who is selling. The New York Mets have yet to RSVP with their plans. In the meantime, a pair of their players did more than crack the top 50. The Mets have two within the top 10.
Right behind former Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman at number six is reliever David Robertson. He is second among all relievers on this list behind Scott Barlow. He’d be higher up for sure if the Mets were indeed in a guaranteed position to sell. We’re all fully aware this isn’t where they’ve gotten to just yet.
Barely cracking the top ten at number 10 is Tommy Pham. The hot-hitting Mets outfielder who has basically won himself a full-time job in Queens is even ahead of Cody Bellinger at number 11.
Other NY Mets trade candidates in the top 50
MLB Trade Rumors puts Mark Canha at 14, Brooks Raley at 15, and then skips all the way down to the number 50 spot where we find Max Scherzer. All three have options for next season. Canha is likely to have his turned down by the Mets with Raley choosing to opt out of his deal. Scherzer is the biggest question, but given how unsatisfactory his year has been despite some positive starts, he’s likely to stick around; unless the Mets trade him.
The Mets did have a pair of honorable mentions. Carlos Carrasco, another pending free agent, landed there. Adam Ottavino and his year of control through 2024 found his name there as well.
It’s not crazy to think the Mets would trade all of these players and more. Daniel Vogelbach didn’t even get an honorable mention and we can understand why. He’s just not an attractive player for anyone.
One other player worth considering is Omar Narvaez. He has become an expensive backup catcher with a player option for next season. Moving him midseason could prove difficult given the relationship between pitcher and backstop and its importance to getting through a game.
An interesting thought looking at this list is whether or not the Mets could still trade someone on it while adding. Pham and Canha are a bit redundant when the club has other needs. Could trading one of them for a top bullpen arm and acquiring a truer backup outfielder to fill the void work? That’s another story for a different day.