NY Mets under the radar trade target: Eric Haase
The Mets haven’t really gotten any offense from the catching position, but Haase is a guy who can change that.
Haase is hitting .242/.298/.433/.731 with seven homers and doubles, 20 RBI’s and 22 runs scored. His OPS+ is 109. He’s been splitting time with Tucker Barnhart, so he doesn’t have enough at-bats to qualify for most Baseball Savant metrics.
Haase is a solid defender behind the dish. His pop time is in the 63rd percentile, so he’s got a pretty good arm. Framing isn’t his strong suit, coming in the 32nd percentile, but that’s fine since we’ll finally have an automatic strike zone before too long.
Obviously Francisco Alvarez is the future of the Mets’ catching, but since Haase is under team control until 2027, he would be a great backup catcher. Haase doesn’t even hit arbitration until next winter, so he’ll be really cheap in the long term, and shouldn’t cost too much to acquire now from the sputtering Tigers.
The Tigers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, given the up-and-down season their top prospects have had. The future is promising, but when will that actually come to fruition? In the meantime, they can sell pieces like Haase, especially since their #3 prospect, Dillon Dingler, is a catcher who should be up next year. Haase is 29 and still under team control.
These are just a few under-the-radar trade targets the Mets should consider before the trade deadline. Who else should the Mets pursue?