Going into this season, the New York Mets seemed to have a bevy of options to fill the new DH spot. Robinson Cano was returning from his year-long suspension following his second failed PED test, we all knew he was going to get the first crack at it. If that failed, the Mets had Dom Smith and J.D. Davis as options to fill that role.
Cano's season predictably turned out to be very poor and short lived as the veteran was designated for assignment despite his massive contract and is now struggling with the Padres.
What was not predictable was how Dom Smith and J.D. Davis would perform offensively. Smith was so good in 2020 but so bad in 2021. He dealt with injuries and declared himself fully healthy for this season. It's safe to say Dom is closer to the 2021 version when he had an 83 OPS+ and not the 2020 version when he had a 162 OPS+.
Davis has been much better than Smith this season but has not hit consistently enough for the Mets to guarantee him that role for the rest of the season.
This potential Mets trade with the Red Sox could work
The Mets have a need for another potent bat to help their lineup and this trade proposal from Mark Powell of FanSided makes a lot of sense.
In this trade, the Mets would receive a big bat that I believe this team could really use in exchange for some pieces who might not fit into the long term plans.
From the Mets perspective, this is a no-brainer. Dom Smith has been unhappy with not being given a full-time role despite performing like a below-average player for over a year now and it's best to get value for him while they can. If the Red Sox trade for him, he'd play everyday.
Nick Plummer is a guy the Mets signed this offseason as depth. He had one at bat with the club and despite hitting pretty well in Syracuse, he will likely not see time with the Mets unless they suffer through many injuries. Plummer is 25 with team control and he could turn into something if given the opportunity. He has tools to be a really good player one day.
The last piece is Hayden Senger, the 20th ranked Mets prospect according to mlb.com. Senger is also 25 and is in AA Binghamton right now. The Mets already have their best prospect who is also a catcher at the same level as Senger, so the chances he becomes anything with this team are slim to none.
The Red Sox would be acquiring three pieces who could provide value for them for multiple years in exchange for a DH who is approaching free agency.
From the Red Sox perspective, this all depends on how they play. Right now they sit at 19-22, a disappointing record after the season they had last year. They're 9.5 games back of the first place Yankees and 2.5 back of the third Wild Card spot in the AL.
The Sox have underwhelmed and despite picking it up lately, have an uphill battle at a playoff spot even with the additional spot added before the season. With that in mind, if they're out of it by the deadline, Martinez is a guy they can, and probably will move.
The 34 year old is hitting free agency and is such a poor defender so he is used exclusively as a DH. His value isn't going to get much better than what the Mets are offering in this package.
Smith has two years of team control left and can be seen as a guy with a lot of potential. Plummer is the eighth ranked prospect in the Mets system with upside. Senger is a catcher prospect that teams could always use. The Red Sox don't have a catcher prospect ranked in their top 20.
If the Red Sox are out of contention by the deadline, Martinez is the perfect bat to put in this Mets lineup and both sides have the pieces necessary to make it work.