Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The D-Backs and Cubs are unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer, friends with both teams told me this past weekend. 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, plus have been scouting Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki since this past spring.
The D-Backs may move OF Gerrardo Parra, who the Mets could have interest in, but guys infielders, such as Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed, are more likely to part of an offseason package than an in-season scramble. The Cubs, of course, have Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and more…
Yes, I’m sure if a team wants to overpay, Chicago or Arizona would make a deal. But, Sandy Alderson seems to be a guy who loves to come away in a trade with more than people expected, so I can’t see him paying this type of price now, especially given the pitchers mentioned above. Instead, as the Cubs and D-Backs evaluate their players, I’m sure the Mets and others will be watching them as well… so they can all talk again in four months.
The Mets have one of best – if not the best – young pitching staffs in baseball. There is a deal to be made with the Cubs and D-Backs, but I don’t expect either team to make a move just for the sake of doing something. It’s going to take work to find a match. The type of work typically done in the off-season.