The New York Mets activated their seller's mode for this trade deadline after the trade that sent David Robertson to the Miami Marlins. The team must decide how aggressive they will be at the deadline, where some baseball executives suggest Justin Verlander could end up being traded by August 1st.
Despite putting numbers for us like last season, Verlander continues to have great value in the market, especially with what he has shown in the last month, where he has an ERA below 2.00. If the Mets make their ace available, the team should target these three prospects as the head of a trade package for Verlander's services, taking into account that the team would assume Verlander's salary to enhance the return.
The Mets should demand Luisangel Acuña from the Texas Rangers for Verlander
Among the possible suitors for Verlander's services, the Texas Rangers emerge as the most interested. The Texas team is playing excellent baseball with one of the best offenses this season, but they need starting pitchers and relievers.
Through social networks, we can find the desire among fans to get Jack Leiter from the Rangers in a trade for Verlander. Leiter is a well-known pitcher from Vanderbilt who made a big splash a few years back.
Still, the Mets can get something better than Leiter for Verlander. Luisangel Acuña, brother of superstar Ronald Acuña, is an infielder with great contact skills for power and speed.
The No. 3 prospect in the Rangers organization and No. 44 in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, is an athletic shortstop, with good instincts and an arm he could have playing elite defense at second base. Luisangel has improved his discipline at the plate and is putting up his best season in AA in 2023.
This player's speed and raw power make him a future 30/40 player with a few touches to refine his pitch selection and swing. Acuña is a player who could debut in 2024 but is blocked in the Rangers organization. The Mets can take advantage of this opportunity and boost trade for who could be the top No. 1 prospect in the organization.