Last winter, the Mets offered Jon Niese to the Mariners for SS Brad Miller, baseball reporter Peter Gammons recently told MLB Network (MLB.com, Aug. 19).
According to Gammons, despite speculation from fans and media, the Mets and Cubs do not see eye to eye on a potential deal swapping pitching for hitting. Chicago reporter Mark Gonzalez made a similar comment to SNY’s Mostly Mets Podcast earlier this week >> Read more.
Instead, Gammons said, because Miller is now on the bench, he could easily see Miller eventually being traded to the Mets.
Miller, 24, has struggled all season, having never hit above .208, despite 348 plate appearances. He hit .265 with a .318 OBP, eight home runs and 11 doubles in 306 at bats in 2013, at which point he was considered among the best hitting prospects in baseball.
The Mets and Mariners also reportedly talked about a deal for 22-year-old 2B-SS Nick Franklin, dating as far back as the Winter Meetings, according to a team insider (ESPN NY, Feb. 24). It was later reported that the Mariners were likely to deal Franklin before Opening Day (ESPN NY, Feb. 20), but he started the season with their Triple-A team.
In May, a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Mets were still focused on trading for a young shortstop under team control for many seasons (Daily News, May 21), such as Miller or Franklin, but no deal was made prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Matthew Cerrone: The D-Backs and Mariners were often seen scouting Mets minor leagues this past March. The sides had low-level talks before the start of the regular season, but the Mets were repeatedly asked to part with Noah Syndergaard, who the Mets were not interested in trading.
I never got the impression Alderson was willing to waste any of his young arms on Franklin, who may end up being only slightly better than Wilmer Flores on the infield. Miller may be a different story, since he has a ton of potential, a big bat and a good eye, but decreasing value due to his recent struggles in the big leagues. For all of the talk about the Cubs, it seems like the inevitable match-made-in-heaven type trades never come to fruition, either because there was never any substance there to begin with or because pressure builds to win the deal. Hey, remember years ago, talking about Jose Reyes, the Rangers and Alex Rodriguez? Better yet, remember two years of Barry Zito, Lastings Milledge and the A’s? Yikes!!
In the end, before Alderson ever caves and overpays the Cubs for Javier Baez or Starlin Castro, I think there is a far better chance he deals Jon Niese, Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, etc., for a guy like Miller or an infielder from the D-Backs.