Will the Mets trade for…

Rangers OF Alex Rios?

The Rangers have been working to trade him (Martino, July 29) and will pay a portion of the roughly $5 million left on his deal (Rosenthal, July 30). Over the last day, his market has started to pick up (Brown, July 30). The Mariners and Yankees are interested (Morosi, July 30), while the Indians, Giants, Reds and Royals may be out (Rosenthal, July 30).

Rios, 33, has just four home runs in 2014, compared to 18 in 2013. His team will hold a $13.5 million option on him for 2015, or they can buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent. The Mets are not on his six-team no-trade list (Cots Baseball Contracts).


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Long story short, I’m not convinced Texas really wants to trade him. Too many teams have checked in on him, only to lose interest. This smells like a  team simply gauging the market, in advance of deciding what to do about his option. That said, if he is actually available, I’d like to see Sandy Alderson make a move for him. He’d be a nice fit in left field for the Mets, especially going into next season with a one-year deal. Unfortunately, I have not heard their name connected to him at all…


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D-Backs OF Gerardo Parra?

The D-Backs are shopping him (Crasnick, July 29). However, a month ago, he was said to be the least-likely player to be traded, given his affordable deal and popularity among Arizona’s fans (Rosenthal, June 30). He’ll earn $4.8 million this year and is arbitration eligible in 2015, after which he can be a free agent.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I think the Mets can get him, but I don’t know why they would… He has performed below replacement level this year. He’s an excellent defensive center fielder, but the Mets already have Juan Lagares, who has more upside at this point. The last thing they need is another one-way player who Terry Collins would need to shoe-horn in to the lineup.


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Cubs or D-Backs infielders?

The D-Backs may have depth, but they’re more likely to trade away a young shortstop this winter than during the regular season (Heyman, July 20). The Mets and Arizona spent time scouting one another’s players during much of Spring Training (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21). Meanwhile, the Cubs have two shortstops among the best seven prospects in baseball, according to a recent list by MLB.com; and their big-league shortstop, Starlin Castro, is hitting .270 with 11 HR and made the All-Star team this year at just 24 years old.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: The D-Backs and Cubs are unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer, friends with both teams told me this earlier this month. Instead, both organizations will continue to evaluate their collection of shortstops, second and third basemen, and work to acquire under-contract, major-league ready, young, starting pitching this winter.

For instance, from the Mets, the Cubs are going to press for Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The D-Backs will do the same, and have been scouting Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki since this past spring. There should be a way for these teams to find a match, and the Rockies make a nice fit too, but all of this will need to wait until the winter… unless Sandy Alderson wants to cave and overpay, which he’s not going to do.




268 comments
pcshea
pcshea

I don't mind with trading with the Cubs for either Javier Baez or Kris Bryant, as long as we aren't shopping Starlin Castro because his defense is absolutely awful. Rios is a good fit for the Mets, but he's 33 years old. I'm not sure how much longevity he would give us, since we are a team that is looking towards the future. I want the Mets to continue talks over Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, and Dickerson.

JC
JC

not a fan of many of these trades mentioned.  On regards to tulo and cargo, both great players but two of the most injury prone guys around.  Between the two of them the last 4 seasons they maybe have one season with no injuries.  Would still love to have them but at the asking price which I'm sure is high, I'd rather not trade 2 or 3 top prospects for guys who are likely to miss a moderate amount of time.  I understand they will need to trade good prospects to get good players in return but I hope its guys with a better track record.  Also, I hope they trade Colon.  We aren't going anywhere this year and if theres no major setbacks (big if) we shouldnt even need him in the rotation next year...Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Harvey, DeGrom, Syndergaard, Montero.  Can't hurt if he was around but if they can turn him into any decent offensive player, go for it.

semperfi
semperfi

Rios fits in with the Mets OF but only if you you give up very little, throw in CY, Kirk and a Pitcher thats not part of the future plan, Rios has 4 Hrs in Texas, does not solve any power issues we have, Tulo or another MVP quality guy is the only thing they should give up value for, not guys like Rios

metjetnet
metjetnet

Rios? Really???!? No way, period. No deals for only 2014 players. Everyone has to be able to contribute in 2015… Rios will be 34 with nice-but-not-great numbers that are seriously declining, after stints with 3 teams. At $12 million/year. R-I-G-H-T!  


The only way I trade for Rios is straight-up for either Jeremy Hefner or Cory Mazzoni and den Dekker or Capn. Kirk...

counselor
counselor

Lets get rid of the riff raff of the this team! Trade Grandy, Colon and Wright and get some more younger talent. We're really not gonna go anywhere with Wright so might as well trade him and get a boatload of young talent in return.

counselor
counselor

why are we even talking trade for a bunch of ham and eggers who are not worth it???  Keep the young pitchers and wait for free agency!! 

David Schoenfeld
David Schoenfeld

Please don't deal for Cargo. The talent is there, but he is ALWAYS hurt.  even when he isn't on the DL he always has nagging injuries.  I say this as someone who is a fan of his... I don't want him on the Mets if it means giving up anything but money for him.

mi
mi

kemp is on an absoulute tear..last 18 games 500 obp hitting 400 3 homeruns last 2 days

Praggy Ptl
Praggy Ptl

Castro 0-3 with 3 strikeouts. This guy makes a lot of errors. Hard to work with and a bit of a hothead. I would wary of him. If we are trading syndergaard go for the big fish and that is Baez not this clown. 

Rich Anderson
Rich Anderson

one question that is bugging me in all reports re: trades. The teams interested in Met young talent for one of their prospects- list basically Mets top 5 prospects. Are they delusional to 

think they can request all of them, or a choice of...very few reports either a) SAY THAT, or b) comment how trading 1 of the Met prospects for that crap being served up is remotely worth it


nym68
nym68

One guy who thinks he knows the first name of one Cuban player just asked another guy if he'd rather sign him or the "Cuban outfielder" that the first guy suggested we sign by tomorrow's trade deadline....and people wonder why I think morons are over-running this site. Between not knowing the names of the players they want signed and the assumption that every Cuban will be great because, well, they're Cuban these posts have become horrifyingly amusing to me


Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Wow, what happened to Rios's power? His HR totals have been a little erratic in the past but 4???

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

How about signing the Cuban outfielder before the deadline??? After 4p.m tomorrow, no team can sign him until the off season

Doubleday
Doubleday

Parra?  I'd rather have Martin Prado.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

Interested in seeing who the September call ups are.

Greg Adler
Greg Adler

the mets are not bright so it would not surprise me if they trade for Rios who is not worthy of even a terrible spec

sell
sell

No, no, maybe but not until the offseason. Why make these posts? The Mets are not buyers nor should they be? Why the $@&# would the Mets trade a promising pitcher for Alex Rios????

I honestly don't know if I'd trade any of our young pitchers other than Montero or the real young guys for anything other than a game changing hitter (e.g. Stanton, Gonzalez, etc.) and I'm not optimistic about that.

Can't trade Harvey, Wheeler, Synd, or deGrom under almost any circumstances. Our pitching depth will be needed if we ever want to contend.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

I need someone who is a graphic artist to do a picture of Terry as a Devil saying WHO THE HELL KNOWS! Something that can be attached to a paint stick and every time we score people would lift the Terry Devil.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

I would love to see a bunch of people at the game with pictures of Terry dressed up as a Devil saying:

"WHO THE HELL KNOWS!" 

thwacker
thwacker

Excess of pitching? Trade one or two, but remember injuries happen and then you're shorthanded if you have traded too many! 

nym68
nym68

Three times a year this site turns into a knitting circle- The draft, the trading deadline, and the winter meetings. That's when everyone starts gossiping about rumors that are often made up in order to sell newspapers or hits on a blog

sickofit
sickofit

DON'T EVEN CONSIDER TRADING dE GROM or WHEELER. Teams can have anyone else but not those two.

stemog
stemog

@semperfi I know it's not the popular choice, and it's certainly not my choice, but I can see Rios being dealt here for the rest of this season. It wouldn't take high-level prospects to get him and he'd certainly be an upgrade over the Youngs. Yes, he only has 4 HRs, but he's never been a 40-HR guy, not even 30. He's a 15-20 HR guy who's on a down power year, but his other numbers aren't bad. Something like Rios for Kirk and a low-level pitcher pitching prospect would work.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Oh, and remember, those projected 9 Rios hrs. this year (down from 18 last year), are in a bandbox in Texas. In Sub-Prime Field, he'd merely be another Chris Young. But at the bargain price of $12 million for the year.

One CY is enough. Two would send the MetWorld faithful over the cliff -- never a good marketing ploy.

stemog
stemog

@counselor Because that's Sandy's game plan, mix and match with a few platoons and not many high-priced guys, ala Billy Beane.

JC
JC

@counselor I totally agree with this in theory but I'm a little scared based on the Wilpons track record lately.

Praggy Ptl
Praggy Ptl

@Nicholas Vargas Would you rather they sign him or the other cuban defect who is projected more of Abreu than this guy? I think his name is Thomas or Tomas or something.

rico
rico

Why it's not August yet and the team is playing well.

anymos
anymos

Not bright, except they've gone from one of the lowest rated to one of the highest rated farm systems in less than four years.

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

I would let Thor go in a trade that includes cargo or Tulo. Law of averages. Harvey, Wheeler and deGrom have been booms, I'm afraid Thor will bust. Get rid of him for an impact bat.

Ianonicon
Ianonicon

@sell I like your point, but we can't have a 10 man rotation. We need to give up some pitching for hitting so we can be well-rounded.

Ianonicon
Ianonicon

@nym68 I've only been around for a bit but that seems legit.


If I was a news reporter I could just say


ANGELS THOROUGHLY SHOPPING MIKE TROUT


And probably half the baseball community would believe me if I was respected enough.

thwacker
thwacker

@sickofit Maybe Matz too - he looks like the next wave of mound star. I read that the Rockies love him. 

Ianonicon
Ianonicon

@sickofit I wouldn't trade deGrom, Harvey (Obviously), or Dilson Herrera. Herrera looks really good. I saw him last Thursday @ Trenton. Wheeler is close to my no-touch list, only for someone really good. (Tulo's the only guy I can think of that's available, and I tried to avoid any talk about Tulo but I couldn't think of any other examples)

stemog
stemog

@metjetnet Chris Young? Really? Let's see: Rios is hitting .304 with 43 RBI and Young is batting .209 with 28 RBI. I think I'd take my chances with Rios. He wouldn't be making $12 million since the season is 2/3 over. And next year's contract is a team option, not player.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

How about both?? (although Tomas can't sign yet).

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

That tends to happen when you invest nothing into the MLB team

Max Denby
Max Denby

That tends to happen when you trade all your star players for prospects.

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

@Ianonicon @sell We don't have a 10 man rotation. Long term we have Harvey, Wheeler, DeGrom, Syndergaard, Gee, Niese and then perhaps Montero and Matz. Of those 8, at least two will get hurt and at least two will fail us leaving us 4 good starters long term. Better than most teams but hardly a slam dunk. I'm not saying we shouldn't trade ONE for a hitter but it needs to be a difference making hitter. If the goal is to win 85-90 games and sneak into a wild card, fine. But if we're going to win a world series, you need 3 dominant starters and one solid one.


Two of the Mets best prospects are outfielders now in Conforto and Nimmo. We're stuck with Granderson for 3 more years. We don't want to block them both.

nym68
nym68

@Ianonicon @nym68 You don't even have to be a reporter...just say it on here as if it's fact and watch people react as if it's 100% legit

anymos
anymos

You're right. They should have clung to Beltran and Dickey. WE'd clearly have won a couple off World Series by now. Oh we can't forget Byrd, we totally needed to lock him up thru age 38 instead of dealing him for a guy who's part of our revamped bullpen and a 20 year old currently tearing up AA. Those are absolutely the kinds of moves smart franchises make.

The notion that NY fans are savvy is a bunch of nonsense.

anymos
anymos

'Stuck' with him? He's been one of the best players on the team since April.

Shawn M. Milburn
Shawn M. Milburn

Don't forget Hefner and maybe Dice-K, so they have depth to make a trade for a big hitter

Ianonicon
Ianonicon

@nym68 @Ianonicon Yeah, this one guy said he saw Mets in final talks with Tulo on MLB network and everyone thought it was legit for 10 minutes until he confessed it was only to make the Pro-Tulo fans look stupid.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Via bleacherrport: "According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com noted that the 23-year-old currently is in the Dominican Republic, and Adams points out he "needs to establish residence in a foreign country and then be cleared by both Major League Baseball and the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control"

He'll most likely won't be free to sign until sometime after late 2014.