The New York Mets will be sellers this trade deadline to get help for 2024 and improve the depth of their farm system. In this sense, rental-type players such as Tommy Pham, David Robertson, and Carlos Carrasco would be in the trading block looking to generate some return.
Similarly, the team could sell some of its controllable pieces such as Brooks Raley or Jose Quintana, to try to maximize their return. However, an interesting strategy for the team would be to combine some of these players with prospects from the organization, in search of getting other prospects with greater projections.
1) The Mets should trade Brooks Raley, Carlos Carrasco and prospect infielder William Lugo plus cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Nick Nastrini and Damon Keith
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for starting and relief pitchers to continue competing for the lead in the National League West Division. In this sense, the Mets could offer a great value player like Brooks Raley, along with Carlos Carrasco, to fill this need.
Raley would be the headlining player of this trade because he is a reliever with command and control for one more season. Carrasco has developed a new grip on his slider that has opened eyes to a possible improvement in their performance. Something the Dodgers could be intriguing.
However, despite the fact that Raley has great value, the Mets could further enhance his return with two fundamental actions. First, assuming the rest of the contract of both players plus including an average prospect of the organization. In this sense, taking off the contract for a team like the Dodgers, who are looking to stay under the luxury tax and boost their payroll to fight for Shohei Ohtani, could be interesting for them.
Additionally, the Mets can include infielder William Lugo, the organization's No. 25 prospect. Lugo is an interesting hitting profile with room for improvement, who hasn't been able to stay consistent but has the ability to hit for power.
In exchange, the Mets could acquire the organization's No. 9 prospect, right-hander Nick Nastrini plus No. 23 prospect, outfielder Damon Keith. Nastrini has a fastball that hits 98 mph and has the stuff of a frontline starter, and could be the Mets' #1 or #2 pitching prospect right away. Keith is an outfielder who possesses the best combination of power and patience in the Dodgers system, renowned for having one of the best tools for developing quality players.