Ok so it’s the GM meetings this week and it’s the week to talk trades. Si I’ve looked over teams rosters and came up with players the Mets might be interested in and perhaps should talk to their respective teams general manager to check on their availability. Of course, since its Christmas I won’t mention any players the Mets might have to give up!
NL East – since no one would probably deal with the Mets from the east other than the Phillies, I’ll take a pass on contacting any of the GM’s here.
NL Central –
Pirates – Andrew McCutchen, see my earlier post but it’s worth looking into for sure.
Cubs –Jayson Hayward – ok he’s a centerfielder we could probably use but no one would take that salary after his production last year.
Brewers – Ryan Braun – would be nice in the outfield but he plays left field and has $80 million left on his contract – so pass.
Cardinals – Trevor Rosenthal – he lost his closer job last year and may be available, isn’t a Free Agent until 2019.
Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt, ok he’s not available but I would call them anyway. I’d probably have them on speed dial if that still exists.
Rockies – Carlos Gomez, probably can’t play centerfield but at $20 million next year and a free agent in 2018 – he may not cost much and would be an upgrade over Granderson and Bruce if they can trade them.
Charlie Blackman – he isn’t a FA until 2019 and doesn’t make a lot of money so the Mets would have to give up a lot to get him but he is they type of player I like.
Blue Jays – Russell Martin – would be a great addition but not at the $60 million he is owed. Kevin Pillar – see my earlier post, young controllable player who would add speed to the team
Rays – Evan Longoria – unfortunately too expensive with a long term contract have to pass but Kevin Kiermairer would be a good addition for centerfield to platoon with Lagarus
White Sox – See the post on Todd Frazier, can add David Robertson as a closer but he is owed $25 million over the next 2 years so I would put him out of our salary. Brett Lawrie wouldn’t be a bad addition if we make trades that open up a need for a guy to play 2nd and 3rd base. He is only making $3.5 million and is a free agent in 2018.
Indians – Michael Brantley would be a great addition, unfortunately I don’t think he is available
Tigers – JD Martinez would be a good additional in Right Field and is a free agent in 2018
Twins – Trevor Ploufe, ok so he is a free agent and won’t cost anything but money could play 1st and 3rd base but is he really an upgrade over Flores? Brian Dozier appears to be available but would cost a lot and we have Walker so we have to pass for now.
Royals – Lorenzo Cain – if he’s available, I’m calling would be a perfect addition to centerfield but at what cost to a guy who is slated to be a free agent in 2018.
Seattle – Steve Cishek would be a nice addition to the bullpen with his side arm action and he could close during Familia’s anticipated suspension. Earn $6 million this year and is a free agent next.
Angels – Houston Street – same as Steve Cishek, but $9 million next year with an option in 2018. Kole Calhoun – would be a nice player to add in right field and is controllable but would cost us prospects.
A’s – John Axford, Same category as Cishek and Street, he’s making $5.5 million in 2017 and is free agent in 2018. Jed Lowrie would be a nice addition but we probably don’t have room for him on our roster.
Whos on your Christmas list?