The trade deadline is quickly approaching and it is time for teams to decide if they want to be buyers or sellers. Well Mets I’ll tell you what you should be, SELLERS. The Mets are too far back in the division and the wild card at this point to try to make a push. They also have too many injuries to do so. They should trade away expiring contracts to bring back some pieces that may help them when they have a healthy team next season. *Stats are as of July 13th*
1. Trade Lucas Duda to the Yankees
The New York Yankees have had some big problems at first base this year. They have been connected to Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins, but Bour may cost them too much. Duda will be cheap since he is a one-year rental and is not that great of a player. However, he does fit Yankee stadium well. A big power hitting lefty in Yankee Stadium is the recipe to success for a Yankees’ first baseman. In return the Mets can look for two prospects. A prospect I would like to see the Mets receive is RHP Giovanny Gallegos. He is ranked as the Yankees 30th prospect, according to MLB.com. Gallegos is currently in Triple-A for the Yankees and boasts a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 Innings of relief. He can be a nice piece to add to the terrible Mets’ bullpen next season. The other piece would be 3B Miguel Andujar. Lets face it Mets fans, David Wright’s career is over. The Mets need to find a 3B of the future and maybe it can be Andujar. He can possibly be an everyday player next year or at least a platoon player for the Mets. Andujar has split time between Double-A and Triple-A this year. In total he is hitting .304 with 10 HR and 60 RBIs.
2. Trade Curtis Granderson to the Royals
The Royals have made a hard push within this last month and have found themselves back into playoff talk. This may be the last year to keep their core (Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain) together and they want to make a push for one more title. To do so they will need to improve one of the corner outfield positions. Alex Gordon, Jorge Bonifacio and Jorge Soler are the three outfielders fighting for those two spots right now. Combined they are hitting .201 with 18 HR and 59 RBIs. You can get away with one of those guys playing, but it will be hard to win with two of them playing. Granderson has been hot lately and will certainly be an upgrade over any of those players. Granderson is currently hitting .232 with 13 HR and 37 RBIs. Those are not eye-popping numbers, but he has been very hot over this last month. The Mets can once again look for two prospects in return. The two prospects the Mets should ask for are catcher Cam Gallagher and RHP Miguel Almonte. Cam Gallgher is in Triple-A right now and can possibly push to be the starting catcher next season if Travis d’Arnaud does not improve or the Mets cannot find a catcher in the off-season. He is a very good defensive catcher, which is already an upgrade over d’Arnaud. Gallagher is also hitting a respectable .272 this season in Triple-A. Miguel Almonte is another player that can make an impact for the Mets next season. He has pitched 2 innings in relief for the Royals this season, but he is has had some starts in Double-A this year. He can add depth to a pitching staff that has seen many injuries over the past few seasons. Almonte can crank up his fastball to around 98 mph and is often compared to Edison Volquez.
3. Trade Addison Reed & Jay Bruce to the Rangers
This is be the biggest move the Mets should consider. Both Reed and Bruce are free agents at the end of the season. Reed has quietly been one of the better closers in the game as he boasts a 2.53 ERA in 42.2 IP for the Mets so far this season. Bruce was more deserving of an All-Star nod than Michael Conforto was. Bruce has 23 HR and 59 RBI so far this season to go along with a .266 average. I believe the Rangers can make a push for the second wild card spot if they shore up their dreadful bullpen. They can also use an upgrade over Carloz Gomez in the outfield. Reed would almost certainly be their new closer and best arm in the bullpen. Bruce would move Gomez to the bench, while shifting DeShields to Center Field. The Mets should look for a haul of four players in return. The Mets should ask for LHP Yohander Mendez, 1B Ronald Guzman, C Brett Nicholas and INF Juremi Profar. Profar is the brother of Jurickson Profar. Profar is no where the prospect his brother was, but he ay make for a decent utility player at the big league level. He can play all four infield positions and has even caught a game at the Rookie Ball level. Brett Nicholas is a 28-year old prospect. Once again, the Mets need to find an answer behind the dish. He is a decent defensive player, but contains a good amount of pop. He is having a tremendous season at the plate. He is hitting .320 with 7 HR and 37 RBI at the Triple-A level. He can come compete for the starting catching spot next season. Ronald Guzman is the number 5 1B prospect in all of baseball (MLB.com). I know the Mets have Dom Smith, who is number 1 in the same ranking, but it never hurts to have a back up plan. Guzman is having a very good season in Triple-A as he has blasted 9 HR, 16 2B, 3 3B, 42 RBI and a .316 batting average. He can either be a back up plan to Smith or a very nice bat off the bench for the Mets next season. The last piece the Mets will get in return is the best piece. Yohander Mendez is the number 46 prospect in all of baseball and number 5 LHP (MLB.com). He can fight for a rotation spot with the Mets next season and/or provide some insurance incase of injuries. He throws a sinking fastball that touches 95 and scouts project he can possibly add more speed as he gets stronger.