Kemp, CarGo, Zobrist and Ramirez could all be available in trade

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

New York Post columnist Joel Sherman says Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez and Rays 2B Ben Zobrist will be available in trade this summer (NY Post, June 9).

These guys all make some sort of sense for the Mets. However, they all have baggage full of red flags, which is probably why they’re available.



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In 54 games this season, Kemp, 29, is batting .253 with five home runs, 18 RBI, a .737 OPS and 9 stolen bases, while striking out in 26 percentof his at bats.


Kemp would certainly grab headlines, but he has yet to prove he’s the players he once was and, oh, by the way, he’ll still has five years and $107 million left on his contract after this season. Of course, he was once one of the best players in baseball, and he’s still just 29 years old.

The Dodgers were reportedly telling teams they would move Kemp last winter, but only in return for an equally bad contract. In the event you wanted him at a discount, the Dodgers wanted two of your top prospects in return for them paying a chunk of Kemp’s money. The Mets are not going to trade Noah Syndergaard for Kemp, I don’t care who’s paying his salary. And, the only players who match Kemp’s money are Curtis Granderson and David Wright, neither of which should get moved for a now-questionable hitter.



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In 52 games this season, Gonzalez, 28, is batting .255 with eight home runs and 27 RBI, while striking out in 22 percent of his at bats. He has a .960 OPS when playing at Coors Field this year, .610 every place else.


The home-road splits are a massive concern, especially if he were to make Citi Field his home 81 games a year. He’s 28, and he has serious power, but I would be shaking when pulling the trigger on a deal for him, especially knowing I’ll almost certainly have to give up Rafael Montero to get him. I’d do it, and I’d give up two or three other lesser prospects to make it happen, but I’d only give it a 50 percent chance of working in my favor. By the way, after talking with people who know the Rockies well, I ended last winter convinced Colorado will never trade SS Troy Tulowitzki.



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Ramirez, 32, is off to one of the best starts of his career, batting .316 with a .356 OBP, seven home runs and 34 RBI. He hit 15 home runs the last two seasons combined.


According to Sherman, the Tigers, Pirates, Yankees and Mariners, as well as the Mets, could all be looking to acquire someone for the left-side of the infield. He’s affordable, having just one year and $10 million, with a 2016 option, on his deal after this season. According to insiders around the league, Sandy Alderson’s staff spent a lot of time last winter talking with teams about their shortstops, including conversations about Ramirez, but no deal was ever made. Ramirez is a good, not great, shortstop. He’d be an upgrade for the Mets, no question, but it looks like competition will be stiff and I’m not sure he’s worth overpaying for when so many shortstops will be on the open market in a few months.



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In 50 games for the Rays this season, Zobrist, 33, is batting .245 with a .324 OBP, five home runs, 13 RBI, while striking out in just 13 percent of his at bats. He has played several games at every position, except pitcher and catcher, during his seven-year career.


Tampa Bay may gauge interest, but I don’t believe they’ll trade Zobrist. They’re too good to give up this early in the year, especially given their track record and tumult in their division. That said, if he really is available, he’d be an good and useful player for Alderson to acquire. Zobrist is a switch-hitter, he fits in to Alderson’s approach at the plate, and he plays almost every inning of every game because he plays almost every position. He’s due just $7 million next year, after which he can be a free agent.




338 comments
JoMama
JoMama

I'd say the likelihood we make any significant trades/acquisitions is less than 10%. We might get some scrub like CY but no one that will make any significant impact.

matmil
matmil

Cargo sounds great. He might be the ticket.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

I just can't see this organization making any significant moves the rest of this season. They're just content to stand pat and be mediocre.

suzyq
suzyq

Do you think any "good" player is going to want to come to the Mets after all this negative publicity with the Wilpons, Sandy and Terry?  We're a hot mess and the team is in turmoil.  This is not what you call rebuilding.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

I'd take a shot with Kemp, if the Mets were willing to take on most of his contract it shouldn't cost much in prospects.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Don't hold your breath with this crowd. They will never make a deal.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

No player wants to come here. Pitchers don't want to come, because we have no hitters......and hitters don't want to come because of the fences.

As long as the "Dodger Lover" still owns the team we'll never win.

They should tear this stadium down and rebuild Shea.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Just look at Cargo's career splits home and away. Huge discrepancy. Isn't one OF in Grandy who is a byproduct of his old stadium enough? Please don't go after this guy. 

.340 career average at Coors. And I know it's only an 11 game sample but .132 at Citi. No thank you!

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

I've lost faith that any offensive player can come to the Mets and do well. Not until they pull the fences in again. Trout could come here and he'd hit .200

Available to WHO? Certainly not the Mets unless all these teams are through a significant amount of money in. I don't mean significant the way it was used to describe the player to be named later in the Ike Davis deal either.Edit (in 3 minutes)

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Joel Sherman is an idiot, Cargo is having exploratory surgery

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I don't want any part of any of those guys mentioned except Ramirez however with all that competition he'd probably become way overpriced in trade value and I'd most likely balk at the final cost of players in return. Kemp is finished and would basically be a RH Grandy only even much more expensive. CarGo is almost completely a product of Coors Field and would be a disaster playing half his games in Citi Field where he's a career .132 hitter. Zobrist doesn't do much for me and I don't really see TB dealing him anyway.

semperfi
semperfi

Ramirez makes the most sense, SS who can improve your lineup, Montero and Flores who makes more sense playing in the AL anyway. Cuddyer can also be had which would give the Mets a nice #5 behind Wright and Granderson, makes more sense then Cargo who would be another Lefty which they don't need. TC, gots to go if they really want to win, bring in Wally!

Chris T Washington
Chris T Washington

This article is a dream.  Wilpon isn't investing anything in this team.

Salvatore Ingrassia
Salvatore Ingrassia

The mets should trade for Alexei Ramirez and should give up Rafael Montero and Dillon gee and throw in some more pieces with that... Then they should sign melky Cabrera in the offseason and then their lineup for 2015 will look like this

SS Alexei Ramirez

2B Daniel Murphy

3B David Wright

RF Curtis Granderson

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Juan Lagares

1B Lucas Duda

C Kevin Plawecki (who in my opinion will beat out D'arnaud for the starter next year)

SP

1. Harvey

2. Synderguard

3. Niese

4. Colon

5. Wheeler

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

I do not think these bloggers or Alderson quite understands reality yet which is this..  8 Trouts would look like 8 Joe Mcewing's managed by Collins!   First get rid of this manager which stinks, and than lets talk about bringing in players because it doesn't matter who we bring in, as long as collins is managing not one will be productive!

Doubleday
Doubleday

How about we reshuffle the deck we have, and change the manager and the coaching staff, instead?

Lagares CF

Granderson LF

Flores SS

Abreu RF

Wright 3B

Murphy 2B

Duda 1B

Catcher du jour


Logic:  Granderson's Yankee success largely came as a #2 hitter; When Wally moved Wilmer into the 3rd spot in the order, in front of Abreu, Wilmer became an absolute terror for 2 weeks before his call-up; David's most productive years were as the 5th hitter.  Play THIS team for a week., and I promise better results.  With Lagares out, plug in den Dekker at leadoff, or lead off with Murph and put Brown in RF with CG moving over to CF.

And I don't want to hear, "But Tejada has been our best hitter."  Some of you have become too much like Terry - content with mediocrity.

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Like to see Carlos Gonzalez become a Met. Would really love to see Encarnacion from the Blue Jays some way be in a Mets uniform! Let's Go Met's!!

mystere24
mystere24

Funny, I suggested Kemp as a trade target this morning. Obviously, From this list, Cargo would be first and I would give up Syndergaard in a package for him and take on the salary - Odds: Unlikely. Kemp would be next and I would not trade Syndergaard for him and I would need LA to eat at least half of the salary owed - Odds: Possible. Ramirez and Zobrist, if traded, will go to contenders so I doubt either is plausible.

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

None of the above. Cargo is a product of colorado and the thin air. Kemp has been hurt the last two years and looks shot. Ramirez is a free agent after the season and won't hit at crappy field, zobrist isn't an impact player just another average player who could possibly help a contending team which the Mets are not.

Valar Morghulis
Valar Morghulis

Do it...tired of all this posturing by the owners and the GM.

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

The Mets should trade no key prospects for anything but "can't miss." If there's any issues or ehh-factor...pass. No rush.

Just sell off the Colon types for prospects at the deadline and call it a day. This team is a few years away from even thinking about mattering.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Kevin VanTassell At 21+M a year for 5 years after this year? No way the Met's do that! His contract is an albatross unless the Dodgers eat a good portion of that especially the way he's been playing after he came back. And looks horrible in the field now too

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Haig Mathosian Let me correct you.  No power player wants to come here.  (i.e. - any player who solely relies on the HR).  This organization actually NEEDS to start building this team to benefit from CitiField.  Speed, defense and pitching.  Find me power in a player who hits doubles or can at least split the outfield.  Enough with pretending some 40 HR a year guy can be the savior.  BTW, pitchers should LOVE Citi.  The problem has been scoring runs.  Build the roster to compliment the dimensions of the home field...not contradict it.  Stop fighting what CitiField is.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@Haig Mathosian This is complete non sense. Hitters and PItchers alike will go where the money is, not because of the park. If and when the team starts to spend again, the hitters will come.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@semperfi Cuddyer and R"amirez both free agents after this season. Would you "risk" not being able to resign them after giving away assets like that? Maybe for one, if we can get a leg up on an extension not for both...


ah who am i kidding, as soon as we acquire them and they play a homestand at citifield, they're gonna go "yo, i am OUTTA HERE once the season ends. I'm playing ANYWHERE but QUeens/Citi/TheMets/For the Wilpons"....take your pic

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Collins managed a CY Young winner and a batting champ,hitch makes your post make you look like a fool

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Doubleday You're putting way too emphasis on batting position which is largely meaningless.  All your doing is taking a sample size, cutting it down and looking for meaning which does not exist. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Love wright in the 5th hole but the rest of your lineup is outta whack

Rich
Rich

@Doubleday Most awful 4,5,6 in baseball.  Not like it matters they might do better than the most awful 4,5,6 in baseball

stemog
stemog

@zingzangzo Blue Jays can use one more good pitcher? Gee, Niese, Wheeler to start a package.

semperfi
semperfi

@Mr. SERCH @semperfi Neither one are listed as free agents for next year but Lee Lewin makes a good point Cuddyer is out for 6-8 weeks so he is not an option, Byrd just hit his 10 hr with 37 rbis, would been better off signing him then Young to play right,  

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Steven Matregrano There is a method to my madness, Steve, but they way you respond to peoples' posts, I don't feel like bothering to explain it to you.

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

@Steven Matregrano @Doubleday

My line-up would be this against righties---

Granderson 
Abreu
Murphy
Wright 
Duda 
Flores
Captain Kirk 
Recker  

Against lefties i put Campbell instead of Captain Kirk and move Granderson in cf. 

When Lagarese comes back, he bats where captain kirk bats(7th) and plays always against both.

Speed
High on base guy
High avg guy
High avg guy with pop
Power
Hopefully the rbi guy he was hyped up to be
Power 
Power

With Lagarese-- you have a free swinger so he doesn't need any protection cause he does better with pitches out of the zone.