After coming to terms with Carlos Correa, the next bundle of New York Mets rumors we can expect will involve Brett Baty. Third base is now occupied by Correa so it does make sense for the team to at least get a sense of what’s out there.
There is no rush to trade him. He can be a valuable piece for them this year even if it does ultimately lead to a trade deadline deal.
MLB insider Jon Heyman sees the potential of Mets rumors involving a Baty trade. He has him going to the Miami Marlins for young pitching.
Mets rumors: Why trading Brett Baty to the Marlins for pitching doesn’t work
Something about the Mets shopping Carlos Carrasco won’t go away. This would be the only reason for the Mets to swap Baty in a deal with the Marlins.
The Mets won’t be plucking Sandy Alcantara away from Miami while he’s on a team-friendly deal. Pablo Lopez is far more realistic. The Marlins are desperate to trade him away for a bat—or even a Baty.
The Marlins certainly seem to have become a one-sided ball club with their pitching leading the way. Last season, six pitchers made 14 or more starts for them. All were in their age 24 or 26 season with Alcantara and Lopez being the 26-year-olds in the bunch.
Heyman’s latest notes on Baty aren’t so much Mets rumors as much as him trying to find a logical move for both teams. Being within the division definitely makes it tougher. The fact that the Mets already have five starters plus Tylor Megill and David Peterson for depth makes this a little tougher to swallow. If they trade Baty for a young arm, they would need to also move Carrasco. It doesn’t seem like too many teams would be able to or have the desire to give the Mets the bullpen piece they’d probably like in return for Cookie.
The Mets don’t seem to have that need for a young starting pitcher at the moment. Perhaps it could work if the plan is to simply trade Baty, now blocked at third base, for someone the team could use next year. Guys like Lopez or Jesus Luzardo don’t fit there. They’re ready for MLB action now.
Mets rumors, including those centered on Baty, will continue. Will Billy Eppler actually trade him? It’s going to have to take more than a Marlins pitcher not named Alcantara.