I keep hearing the Mets are willing to trade and have the chips to do so. However, it is well known they aren’t willing to part with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.
So, what’s left to deal, and what is their trade value?
As the Winter Meetings progress, let’s examine their trade assets:
Jon Niese: The pros of being left-handed with a manageable salary have been negated by mediocrity and injuries. That the Mets have hung a “For Sale’’ sign on him further lowers his value.
Dillon Gee: Could have value, but more likely at the trade deadline. Mets’ obvious desire to deal him lowers return.
Bartolo Colon: Mets eager to trade him, also. They would have to eat part of his contract. Again, more likely to attract interest at July deadline.
Travis d’Arnaud: Nobody would trade for him outright as he’s still unproven.
Lucas Duda: Has value, but if he goes who will hit home runs?
Daniel Murphy: Haven’t the Mets been wanting to deal him for years? If somebody wants him, he’s available. But, don’t expect him to draw a significant return.
Wilmer Flores: What does it tell you that the Mets are still searching for a shortstop before he even gets a chance?
David Wright: With six years and $107 million remaining on his contract, plus a recent injury history, he’s not going anywhere.
Michael Cuddyer: They just signed him.
Juan Lagares: He could have trade value for a team wanting to build with speed, defense and youth. Oh, wait, isn’t that what the Mets want to do?
Curtis Granderson: His power is in decline and he has three years and $47 million left on his contract. Sure, the Mets would like to deal him. But, who would take on that contract and what could you get?
Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell: Three power arms in the bullpen would attract interest. However, Parnell is coming off an injury that hurts his value. But, haven’t the Mets been wanting to build a bullpen for four years now?