The Royals have traded top hitting prospect Wil Myers and three other prospects to the Rays for starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Yesterday, the Dodgers signed free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
Dec. 9, 11:11 pm: This is about to get very interesting for the Mets…
Remember what I wrote Friday, when I said: “The Mets would like to trade R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese for a young, promising, impact bat to put in the outfield. … The Rangers prefer Dickey, while the Royals and Blue Jays are more interested in Niese. … My best guess is that if Greinke signs with the Dodgers, there is a decent chance Dickey gets sent to Texas for a deal including prospect Mike Olt.”
So, from a Mets perspective, here’s what I think is about to happen…
I bet the Mets now go back to the Rangers and see what they’re really willing to part with for Dickey. The Mets will also turn back to the Blue Jays to see if they’re still interested in Niese, or maybe Dickey, while asking about some combination of their catchers and outfield prospects.
Dec. 9, 11:17 pm: The Mets are looking for Olt and 24-year-old OF Leonys Martin from the Rangers in a deal for Dickey, according to John Harper of the Daily News.
This is close to what I outlined early last week at the Winter Meetings, when I reported, “The Mets are asking for at least two top prospects, including your team’s best hitting prospect.”
Olt and Martin are considered the second and third best hitting prospect with the Rangers, behind SS Jurickson Profar.
If the Mets get offered the type of bats they’re looking for, I think they’ll pull the trigger. However, as I said last week, “If a logical, impact trade doesn’t present itself, Sandy Alderson is more than willing to give Dickey a two-year extension, keep Niese and move forward in just the free agent market.”
Alderson is not going to make a trade just to make a trade. I think they have a particular type of trade in mind (one that might also include them sending pitching prospects in the deal) that will get them a top, young hitter and a catcher with pop. Again, if that deal isn’t there, if it isn’t happening, they’ll sit tight. But, now that the Royals got their “Niese-like starter,” and Greinke signed in Los Angeles not Texas, the Mets are in good position.
Dec. 9, 11:21 pm: Also, for those wondering why the Mets didn’t get Myers, remember, late last week, both ESPN New York and I reported the Royals wanted Niese and Zack Wheeler in a deal for Myers, which I assume would have looked a lot like tonight’s deal with Tampa.
To read a scouting report on Martin, check out this post from ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, who says, “Martin has a chance to be an impact top-of-the-order bat with above-average.”