5) Outfielder Tommy Pham was dealt from the Mets to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a prospect who is years away from the majors.
When Tommy Pham was the lone bright spot during the Mets’ disastrous June in which they went 7-19, Pham was seen as a trade chip that could go to a team that needed a righty outfield bat, and the Diamondbacks were that team as all three of their starting outfielders are left-handed hitters. Pham hit .268 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI’s.
The Mets brought back 17-year-old shortstop prospect Jeremy Rodriguez in return, who was Arizona’s top international free agent addition, and showed a lot of quality plate discipline in the Dominican Summer League this season. He posted a .256/.371/.393 line in his first season as a pro, with 10 extra-base hits and 21 walks in 140 plate appearances and plays well at the shortstop position on the field. However, he is the one prospect that does not rank in MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Mets prospect chart.
The Mets must have believed when scouting him that he could shoot up the prospect charts in the coming years with more experience, hence why they made the trade, but it is too early to tell, especially when it comes to higher levels of competition. The return seems relatively low for Pham, who had a 126 OPS+ in 264 plate appearances as a Met.