Mets have precious few pieces to trade. Plus poll on dealing Wright.

There are three ways for a team to build: free agency, drafting and trading.

With a stated budget of just over $100 million, Sandy Alderson’s free-agent options are limited, especially if he dives into the deep end of the Jose Reyes pool. He’ll be looking to plug holes in the bullpen and rotation with middle-tier talent. Cheap bench players are always available.

WRIGHT: Most tradeable Met?

There is potential in the minor league system, but it is the lower minors, which the Mets want to avoid delving into. Solid drafting is the best way to lay the foundation and the Mets are making progress in that direction and figure to keep their young talent.

 

That leads us to trading, and things aren’t rosy in that department, either.

David Wright, who has been in decline the past two seasons, has the biggest upside and a manageable contract. He’s a cornerstone, especially if Reyes leaves, and the player who intrigues other teams, believing a change of scenery would benefit him. A Wright trade would mean serious re-building for the Mets, but he’s the player who would bring the most in return.

Trading him is a franchise-defining decision.

Other than Wright, what is the market value for some of the others?

Josh Thole: Young, inexpensive with more potential than production. Thole did not perform to expectations and wouldn’t draw attention from a team wanting a starting catcher. Teams needing a catcher have more experienced options in the free-agent market. It’s hard to believe anybody would trade for him to be a starter.

Ike Davis: Could be attractive, but after missing much of the season with an ankle injury he represents a risk. Young, inexpensive and loaded with potential – if healthy – he’s the ideal piece for the Mets to keep and build around.

Ruben Tejada: Impressed a lot of scouts and would draw interest, but the Mets will need him at shortstop if Reyes goes or at second if he stays. He’s not going anywhere.

Jason Bay: You must be joking. People are saying all the time that the Mets should trade Bay. What planet are they on? Bay has not played well since signing as a Met; he’s been injured and has a hefty contract. Can you see the line forming now? The Mets have two hopes for him: 1) he stays healthy and meets expectations to salvage the final two years, or 2) if that doesn’t happen, then he doesn’t get the necessary at-bats and games for his option to kick in. Two more years.

Angel Pagan: Regressed this year to the point where the Mets might not tender him. He’d sign somewhere as a bench player, but nobody will trade for him.

Lucas Duda: Scouts love his power potential and he played decent defense in right field. He would be part of a larger package, but wouldn’t be someone teams would want to trade for to build around. Besides, the Mets’ outfield forecasts as weak, so he’s getting the full time shot in right.

Fernando Martinez: Had been sought after in previous years, but is a fragile, injury risk whose value has declined. Too bad they can’t turn back the clock two years. If the Mets can swing something with him, they should do it, but his real value to them would be to stay healthy and reach his potential, which is becoming less and less likely.

Johan Santana: Nobody knows how healthy he is, which means he’s staying put for now. Should Santana come back and be solid and healthy in the first half, you could see the Mets trying to deal him if they aren’t in contention. Even if they were, they might pull the trigger on a trade to free up salary. This bears watching, but not until June and July.

Mike Pelfrey: Has a manageable contract and is young. He regressed this season, but there’s still potential for the right pitching coach. But, if they trade him, he would thin out an already spotty rotation. The Mets will keep him and hope he improves. If not, then it might be time to cut him loose. There could be takers at the trade deadline.

Jon Niese: Coming off an injury and who knows if he’d pass the physical? Mets love his potential, so he’s not going anywhere.

R.A. Dickey: Teams don’t trade for journeyman knuckleball pitchers in the off-season. They wait for the trade deadline. He’s been arguably the Mets most consistent starter, but he’s a No. 4 according to most scouts, maybe a No. 5. He’s somebody a contender might covet in July, but he’s not going to bring back a lot of talent.

Dillon Gee: Surprised a lot of people this season. But, the pitching deficient Mets won’t move him. After a great start, Gee had a rocky second half, which makes him a question to the Mets, not to mention any team with interest.

Bobby Parnell: Young and a power arm is always attractive. Not so much is his command and thought process on the mound. There are no assurances the Mets will make him their closer as there are numerous reports saying that is their greatest need. If Parnell can’t convince the Mets he’s closer worthy, then what must other teams be thinking? Right, he’s a bullpen piece who needs a lot of work. Not a long line here.

 

So, if you look at the Mets’ trade options, dealing Wright would net the most, but you have to wonder what considering he’s several years removed from his best season. There are limited other options to deal and they are most suited for moving at the trading deadline.

19 thoughts on “Mets have precious few pieces to trade. Plus poll on dealing Wright.

  1. Nice Summary.

    I didn’t realize we have Bay for 2 more years and not one. Thanks Omar.

    FMart is done. I don’t know why we even discuss him.

    We need to keep Pelf, but with the expectation that he is a 3/4/5 not a 1/2 type of guy.

    Santana – hopefully he wins some games for us this year, but do not expect much.

    I didn’t know Niese was hurt.

    Parnell – Like Pelf it is all in his head.

    I would trade David if we can get a good package for him.

    As you say here and in a previous post there are a lot of holes on the team. An offseason of picking up avg players will not do much for the team.

  2. what we need is a real pitching coach that knows how to handle young guys with self esteem issues. ;-)

  3. Fans why is it a face of the team can’t be traded. So called face I know David so far had a better Met career then Lee Mazzilli but we traded him and got Ron Darling and Walt Terrell then Walt went for HoJo. To me the only real face of the Mets was Tom Seaver. If you can improve then anybody should be avail regardless if you like his face or not. I am not for giving him away but if we can flat out better ourselves then you need to recondider the Mets can come in 4th with or without David Wright.

  4. before David was the so called face we had Mike Piazza then before that Dr Gooden and so on and so on. Guys and gals if you need a face then appoint a new one. faces do change. . If the Franchise can be traded anybody else is avail.

  5. I don’t want to trade Dickey anyway, but to say he is a #4 or a #5 seems to ignore what he has actually done the past two seasons. His peripherals and his ERA suggest that he is considerably more than that.

  6. You’re leaving out the biggest potential in a trade…Daniel Murphy. Low cost, top 5 hitter and young. Great as a DH. ???

  7. If you can re-sign Reyes, then I definitly
    trade Wright for the best package I can get
    and plug Murphy in at third. I’d even include Pelfrey in the deal as long as we get a starter in return. It would also free up some salary.

  8. I think the Mets should trade Wright for a leader and a offensive player. The Mets need a leader. Leaders like Mike Piazza, John Franco, Julio Franco, Paul LoDuca, Carlos Delgado, Gary Carter and many more. Wright isn’t a leader, nor is Reyes. We need a catcher that could lift this rotation to its potential. We need a new pitching coach.

  9. In what world is Dickey a 4/5 starter? His stats suggest he was a 2/3 starter this year, and the year before he was a 1/2. His WAR and ERA+ back this up. Also, he’s way outperforming his contract. He’s been worth about 11 million a year for the past 2 seasons and gets paid less than 3 million. We control him for the next two years for under 3 mill a season. Even considering the potential regression, he’s a steal.

    Sure I see the knocks on the guy, he’s old, and how do you trust a guy who’s career path changed so drastically. But the bottom line- he’s cheap, pretty good, way outperforming his contract, and controllable. I’m not saying you don’t trade the guy but you’re way undervaluing this asset.

  10. Duda did a decent job in RF? I love Lucas’s bat, but that is just not true. He belongs in LF, where his lack of speed and skills will hurt the team less. Bay should battle it out with the young guys for time in RF. Baxter, F-Mart, Nuiwenhuis, are all potential platoon options in RF with Bay.

  11. John – good idea for to write this piece, but I have to wonder how much time you put into it when you left out the player most likely to be traded – Daniel Murphy.

  12. The mets need a change of face completely Trade Wright for the right pieces to make this team better.

  13. Man, someone please hire Minaya as their G.M so we can pawn off our garbage or his old crap to his new team!!!

  14. Ok, so a team with faltering attendance trades the face of the franchise…hmmm…1977 anyone? Glad to see the computer baseball guys are posting here. You build around guys like Wright, Reyes and Davis. If we trade Wright, who do you expect will play 3B? We won’t get another in return who is worth it and we’ll just be adding to the list of 147 guys that have walked thru that revolving door. Come on sheeple…think for yourselves. And to think some people say NY baseball fans are intelligent. Righhht!

  15. @Anthony….Julio Franco was a leader? Maybe you’re confusing him with Generalissimo Francisco Franco? How does that work, BTW? Do we target someone on each team who is a leader and then offer Wright for him? Whether we need that position or not? It’s true that David needs to step up and be a leader but from what I’ve heard this season, both he and Reyes have started taking an active role in the clubhouse. Leadership takes time and accomplishment…this is about the right time for those two to step forward.