The Mets should demand an infielder who recently arrived in the Cincinnati Reds organization
The Cincinnati Reds are on an explosive run to try to reach the postseason after so many years of mediocrity on the field. Powered by a host of talented young players like Elly De La Cruz, and Matt McClain, the organization looks ready to take the next step in competing any time soon.
Meanwhile, the Reds seem in need of veteran starting pitchers to help out the young pitching staff and spearhead their rotation in the postseason. Justin Verlander emerges with a perfect fit for the Reds, who can also take advantage of not having to carry their payroll for the services of an ace.
The Mets can take advantage of a trade of Verlander, and the fact they can assume his contract to boost the greatest possible return from the Reds, and that would be Noelvi Marte. The infielder recently promoted to Triple-A is recognized for being the headline player in the trade that sent Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners.
The current No. 16 prospect in all of MLB, Marte has a power in his swing that stands out to the eye, considered by most scouts with one of the prospects with the highest raw power among prospects. Additionally, he has great discipline at the plate that helps him enhance his contact in the strike zone.
The infielder with the ability to play SS/2B/3B has above-league-average arm speed and good leg speed. Marte could be ready to make his MLB debut as early as 2024, but he's locked into the Reds organization right now.
Despite the Mets having an immediate need for pitching on their roster, if the team decides to trade Justin Verlander they should do it for the biggest return possible. A trade of this level can make the Mets' farm system one of the best in all of MLB.