What if the New York Mets can address several of their needs in one fell swoop? You can kill two birds with one stone. What about eliminating three seagulls from the face of the planet with a single toss of a piece of stale bread?
The Mets have yet to determine if they’ll be buyers or sellers which is the case for a couple of teams floundering around in the middle. We’re all assuming they will contend this year. With our eyes on buying instead of selling, the next nearly two months of Mets rumors will focus on where they need to improve and not which prospects they should look to pick up by dealing their veterans.
To have some fun, I’ve found three trade packages from three teams involving three players to address three different needs. The Mets could use a bat, a reliever, and a possible rotation upgrade. All three of these packages contain those parts. Which one is the best, which is the worst, and which one may actually happen?
1) NY Mets trade package from the Rockies: Charlie Blackmon, Brent Suter, Chase Anderson
There are a lot of players on the Colorado Rockies who would look good on the Mets roster. With several pending free agents after this season, they should be hard sellers.
The bat in this deal is Charlie Blackmon. A name Mets fans have thought about in the past as a corner outfield or DH option, he’s one year away from free agency. Still a productive left-handed hitter, he would be the Daniel Vogelbach replacement we’ve been waiting for. He can even play a little bit of outfield as needed.
The Mets pick up lefty reliever Brent Suter in this trade package as well. Off to a strong start for the Rockies, he fills the much needed void of having only Brooks Raley in the bullpen throwing from the left side. Another rental, how can Colorado turn this down?
Finally, we need a starter. Chase Anderson isn’t all that exciting and yet he’s an incredibly reasonable option for the Mets to consider. They weren’t able to pick him up off waivers after an earlier DFA by the Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson could be a long-man and spot starter for the Mets. With Kodai Senga’s uncertainty at being able to pitch on regular rest, the Mets should weigh other options aside from Tylor Megill and David Peterson.
This trade isn’t so bad. It gives the Mets offense a boost and an everyday candidate. The bullpen is immediately better with a legitimate hurler. The least of their concerns at the moment, the rotation, has a little more depth. All three are rentals. The Mets can get away with making this deal without having to subtract any of their untouchable prospects. Bring in another relief pitcher and the Mets have themselves a vastly improved roster, unless the whole thing collapses around them.
Trade Package Grade: A- if it doesn’t cost an untouchable prospect and Mark Vientos is touchable for the record