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).
Matthew 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…
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.
Matthew 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.
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.
Matthew 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.