The New York Mets are expected to continue to be one of the more active teams at this year's trade deadline, although in a way we would've never expected on Opening Day. As GM Billy Eppler continues to sell off pieces, despite stating that the Mets are not in a rebuilding phase, one player who may be gone by Tuesday is outfielder Mark Canha.
Canha, who has primarily made starts in left field for the Mets, as well as an occasional spot start at first base, has a club option for 2024 attached to his contract which in all likelihood may be declined by the Mets this winter. However, there are teams on the market currently looking for an additional bat and one team that instantly comes to mind is the San Francisco Giants.
The Mets should explore trading for a high-upside outfielder in exchange for Mark Canha at the trade deadline
A straight-up trade of Mark Canha for San Francisco Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos makes too much sense on paper for both clubs. Canha first and foremost can return to his Bay Area roots and provide the Giants with a versatile bat that could play in the outfield and first base for them. He would also offer an internal option for the Giants this offseason, should they pick up his club option, as potential protection for the expected departure of Michael Conforto this winter.
In terms of the Mets side of the trade, the Mets would be receiving a high-upside prospect that doesn't have a clear path to the Major Leagues at this point in time with the Giants. Ramos, who is only 23 years old, is currently ranked as the Giants' 17th-best prospect by MLB.com and could immediately slide into a starting role for the Mets down the stretch of the season.
Ramos is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2017 and he had been ranked among the Giants' top-3 best prospects since 2018, in which he was ranked as high as number one during that year. Ramos has yet to receive an extended look at the big league level, but possibly a change of scenery could jumpstart his Major League career.