Mets Who Could Be On The Trading Block In July

Realistically, the New York Mets could be a .500 team if everything breaks right. That’s an improvement of at least one more victory a month, which isn’t unrealistic. However, let’s say it unravels early for them and it becomes apparent they have no shot at a wild card berth much less finishing at .500 or better.

What then?

GEE: Could draw trade interest.

GEE: Could draw trade interest.

Should they opt to scuttle their ship, and go from buyers to sellers, they have numerous assets they might unload. And, none are their young pitchers.

Here’s where they could start:

Dillon Gee: He’s under appreciated, yet consistent and an innings eater. Last season he gave them 199 and overall was their most durable and consistent starter. If the Mets can’t appreciate |that, somebody else will. He’s attractive because of his consistency, willingness to take the ball, and reasonable contract. If he’s healthy and having good season, teams could be lining up for him.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: Should they bring up Noah Syndergaard and he pitches well and there are no injuries in the rotation, Matsuzaka could draw interest from a contender. Especially, if he’s pitching like he did in his final three 2014 starts.

John Lannan: The same applies to Lannan as Matsuzaka. He’s not in their long-term plans so get what they can.

Kyle Farnsworth: If the Mets are cooked by midseason and Farnsworth is pitching well, teams are always looking for a reliable reliever.

Taylor Teagarden: He has a contract clause that allows him to leave if he’s not on the major league roster by June. So, if both Travis d’Arnaud and Anthony Recker show the catching situation is in good hands. It makes sense to showcase him.

Ike Davis: The assumption is if he’s shown anything in the first half. If there’s some run production, somebody might bite. They certainly didn’t during the winter. Davis has to show some measure of progress because teams had no interest over the winter.

Lucas Duda: Pretty much everything that applied to Davis does for Duda. Also, if one is outperforming the other, they can keep the hot bat and deal the other.

Daniel Murphy: He will make $5 million this year, but over half will be eaten by the end of July. That’s a reasonable contract for a consistent hitter. Should Wilmer Flores demonstrate he can play the position, it might push the Mets to deal Murphy.

Eric Young: Another with a doable contract. He came to the Mets because they needed speed and a leadoff hitter. Surely, there might be another contender who would need the same.

Chris Young: I still don’t know why the Mets signed him to a one-year, $7.25 million contract. If he doesn’t play well it is a waste and there will be likely no interest. However, if he performs, the Mets won’t go high in re-signing him and with only a one-year deal teams could show interest.

So, there you have it. Out of a 25-man roster, the Mets have ten chips. Most are average, but the potential to help a contender. They probably won’t bring back much, but in the Mets’ position stockpiling players is a positive.

None of these players are untouchable or seemingly in their long-term plans. You might make a case for Davis if he’s broken out of his funk, but they’ve been saying that for three years.

20 thoughts on “Mets Who Could Be On The Trading Block In July

  1. The chips they have also include Jon Niese (though his being a lefty makes him more likely to stick around given that all Mets starters are righties until Matz is deemed ready). They also have Wilmer Flores as a chip if they don’t find a position as well as the plethora of other starting pitchers. I’m surprised you left Colon off the list as he is extraneous once Montero and Syndergaard are ready (and if Mejia remains healthy).

    • Reese: I struggled with Colon, but left him on because he has a two-year contract and is considered insurance for Harvey in 2015. As for Flores, you might be right with him. I just don’t think he’s shown enough to warrant a big demand. And, if he plays a lot in the first half and plays well, then that’s somebody the Mets should want to keep. … I think Niese stays, regardless of how he’s pitching, it’s because he’s young, left-handed and signed to a manageable long term contract.-JD

  2. The mets have always been high on Ike as shown by Collins decision to play him so much this spring. If Ike bounces back and can hit say 250 with about 20 homers he is the 1B and #5 hitter. Book it!

  3. I would peefer to keep Gee, at this time, since he has proven his abilities on the MLB level already. Murphy is proven bat, which is scarce in this org. and on this team. The rest, despite how much I believe in Ike are tradeable. My resoning on Gee is I have see so much talented.pitchers fail on MLB level.

    • MetFan62: Gee is attractive, that’s why he’s on the list. With Harvey expected back next year, and if Wheeler and Syndergaard are showing something, Gee could be expendable.-JD

  4. I would keep Gee. He is not an over powering pitcher but he knows how to pitch and tries.

    We have 2 proven pitchers in Niese and Gee. We have one on Wheeler we hope is good. The other 2 sports need to be filled. Why are we trying to trade him? Even in Thor and Montero come up next year that is 5 pitchers.

    • Oh and I would be surprised if we are a 500 team. We are not as good as last year. Byrd by himself was better than the 2 new OF. And we had Buck who started out hot.

      We have a weaker rotation, a weaker pen and a lineup of 200 hitters. How are we better?

      • Dave: I think .500 would be a major improvement. It isn’t impossible to think, yet you’re right in your one-sentence assessment. Things could go to hell.-JD

  5. I agree with everyone who wants to keep Dillon Gee. I think it would be a mistake to trade Gee, I really like him.

    • Hawk: haven’t heard from you in awhile. Glad to see you checked in. I also like Gee and want to keep him. Thing is, there are probably a lot of other teams that like him too.-JD

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  7. Throw Duda and Tejada into that. The Mets won’t keep them long term. If either or both are having good years they will be shopped too. And regardless of how Ike will do he has got to go. The umpires are getting sick of him and he will never ever get a close call going his way again.

  8. We have been restructuring the team for five years to compete, and if we don’t show good progress we become sellers and trade players such as Daniel Murphy who will is 28, turning 29, and will make the enormous salary of five million and led the team in 2013 in RBIs, Runs Scored, and two other offensive categories. Why don’t we look to trade David Wright as well based on the same logic.