A report Sunday night claims the Mets turned down a three-way deal that would have netted them shortstop Ian Desmond because the Mets did not want to give up two of their top prospects.
According to Fox Sports, the Mets would have sent Noah Syndergaard and another top prospect to the Rays, who would have dealt Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Nationals, who then would have traded Desmond to the Mets. But the deal fell apart because the Mets refused to part with the prospects. Zobrist and Escobar were then traded to the A’s.
Desmond could have been the missing link to the Mets lineup. He has hit more than 20 home runs for the past three seasons, with his RBIs increasing every year to 91 in 2014. He is only 29 years old and will make $11 million in 2015.
However, Desmond will be a free agent after the season and will likely command upwards of $15 million per season, possibly more if he has an incredible year. The Mets just will not pay that, so Sandy Alderson probably thought Syndergaard and the other prospect were too high a price to pay for a one-year rental.
It is hard to argue with that logic. However, it would have been a sign that the Mets are going for it this year. But as we all know, bold moves are not the forte of Sandy Alderson.
Instead, we are left with a faulty lineup with the hope that superior young pitching will make up for the lack of run scoring. That seems to have been Alderson’s plan all along. It will be interesting to see if it works.