3) NY Mets trade destination for Omar Narvaez: San Diego Padres
Narvaez ending up on the San Diego Padres roster would be so 2023, especially if he goes on to have a couple of monster weeks only to fade away into the background. It’s what happened with Gary Sanchez. He didn’t even have a cup of coffee with the Mets this year. All he did was hear the barista call his name.
The Padres are in the exact same position as the Mets. High hopes could have them leaning toward buying rather than selling. Over the next few weeks, they’ll have a chance to separate themselves a little further away from where the Mets are. They benefit from playing in the National League West where, despite trailing three clubs, they can make a run. The Mets have been dead in the National League East for at least a month.
Between Sanchez and Austin Nola, the Padres shouldn’t feel too confident in their catcher situation. They’ve spent all year actively trying to get better. Nelson Cruz was designated for assignment recently even with superior numbers compared to Nola and Sanchez who’ve been a black hole in the Padres’ lineup all year.
Of all the Mets trades to make with the Padres this season, this might be one of the least exciting. Right now, it’s one of the more realistic.