Mets Should Go for it!

Despite the Mets hot streak going into the All-Star break, I still do not think they are good enough to be playoff contenders. However, they could be with a couple of shrewd moves, and I think they should go for it. If not now, when?

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We could see more Mets winning celebrations of they make some moves.

The Mets stand five games below .500, seven games out of the division lead and the Wild Card chase. They are certainly not in prime pouncing position, but with the NL East as weak as it is, the division is up for grabs. Why can’t the Mets grab it?

Well, because their offense is poor. How long do you think Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada can keep hitting like this? Once they fall back into form, the offense will sag just like it did up until a week ago.

But if the Mets went out and got a couple of bats, they might be able to continue their strong showing of late. Shortstop and left field are the obvious places, although I would throw first base in as well (I am obviously not a Duda believer).

Much of the talk has been about Starlin Castro, but he would likely cost Zack Wheeler. Is it smart to trade young, quality starting pitching while you are making a playoff push? Probably not, but the Mets have plenty of young, quality pitching, so swapping some of it to feel a huge need might make sense.

As far as power hitting outfielders, there are just not many of them left in baseball, let alone bats who are actually available. I’m not sure whom they should target.

But one thing is for sure — that big bat will not come in a swap for Bartolo Colon. I am still in favor of trading him, but if anyone thinks the Mets can get a major league-ready power hitter for a 41-year-old pitcher, they should probably think again.

It seems a bit counter-productive to trade two-fifths of your rotation when you plan on making a push for the post season. But in the Mets case, that push will not happen with Wheeler and Colon and the same offensive crew. It is time for Sandy Alderson to take a chance and put the Mets in position to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

Trade Wheeler for Castro, which will be a move for the long-term as well as the present. And trade Colon for whatever you can. Maybe it could be for a helpful piece right now. Otherwise, it frees up $11 million for next season to get that big bat.

Now is the time to trade Colon. If Alderson waits for the off-season, there will be plenty of younger free agent pitchers who will sign for far less than Colon is getting. Why would anybody trade for him then?

Please Sandy, just do something. If the Mets fail, fine. At least you tried. But doing nothing just guarantees a second half of the usual boredom and futility.

5 comments on “Mets Should Go for it!
  1. I’m not on the Starlin Castro Welcome Wagon, which means that is probably who they will trade for, at a cost far too high.

  2. Duda is hitting to his career averages, why would you expect a dropoff? Cause his avg is a whole 6 points higher than his career average? Hr per AB is essentially the same as his career rates. This is what he is.

  3. This is kind of ridiculous advice – “please Sandy, just do something”? That’s how a smart and patiently executed strategy gets destroyed in a heartbeat.

    I would not trade Wheeler for Starlin Castro, who has character issues and may or may not be the greatest defensive SS. I’d see what some combination of Steven Matz, Dilson Herrerra, Rafael Montero and Kevin Plawecki could get me from the Cubs or another system, though…these are nice, legit prospects. What about Matz and Montero for Javier Baez?

  4. I most definitely would not trade Zack Wheeler for Starlin Castro. I also would be very reluctant to trade Kevin Plawecki because of how hard it is to find a good hitting catcher nowadays. I wouldn’t mind trading maybe Montero along with maybe Dilson Herrera for Javier Baez. Wouldn’t give up Matz either. Good lefty pitchers are hard to come by and we don’t have any besides Niese.

  5. As a Met fan, there is no way we should trade Wheeler or Murphy. Wheeler has been in the league a little more than a year and would form a great combination with Harvey, Niese, Gee and Maybe De Grom. I would consider Syndegard the only untouchable for pitching prospects in the minors.

    Murphy is 29, I think, and has been our best hitter..Sign him to a three- four year deal.

    Trade Montero, Flores, Nimmo, Matz, Plawecki, Herrera…any combination of them..But lets not trade Major league pitchers and players in hopes our minor league ones can replace them.

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