The 12-year, $315 million deal is unlikely to be the one Carlos Correa signs according to the latest New York Mets rumors. Speculation from Ken Rosenthal is that we’ll see something very different. It also won’t be the end of the offseason for the Mets.
Rosenthal believes the Correa deal gets signed this week. Thereafter, the team will look toward the trade market for additional changes.
Mets rumors: What kinds of trades will this team make?
The Mets have a couple of areas to explore. Another bullpen piece could be one potential trade target. We may see them subtract Carlos Carrasco from the roster in a deal for a bullpen arm. Past Mets rumors from this offseason have suggested he could get dealt.
One area the Mets should be looking to improve is at the DH spot. I’m not a fan of the Daniel Vogelbach paired with a righty plan. It doesn’t seem good enough. Even if we can crunch numbers and see how Eduardo Escobar fits with the team as the righty half of the platoon, these Mets rumors suggesting the team will make trades has me wondering if he could be a part they move.
Mark Canha is one other trade candidate, but that still feels unlikely. Outfield depth is a weakness of the organization. I’d like to see what he can do to begin the year with Brett Baty waiting to take some playing time.
The Mets do have one obvious trade candidate on the roster. Darin Ruf has yet to be released which means Billy Eppler probably plans to trade him before Opening Day. There is no chance the Mets bring him back. It’s just a matter of finding a taker and something minimal to accept back to complete the deal.
With the way this offseason has gone, it might not be out of the question to even expect something big. The farm system has several notable prospects without a position (Mark Vientos) or share one with an even better guy close to the big leagues (Kevin Parada). Their pair of shortstop prospects (Ronny Mauricio and Jett Williams) could also be dealt given the presence of Francisco Lindor.
The number of years Correa is signed to should play a factor into which players the Mets think about trading. Even if Baty ends up in left field on a more permanent basis, they have a couple of other guys to look at as third base options down the line. Mauricio and Williams will each need to change positions to have a spot in Queens eventually.