New York Mets Offseason Trade Wishlist

With the rumors and speculation already surrounding the New York Mets and their pending off-season transactions, here’s a look at some potential targets via trade.

Jul 22, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) hits a double during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

1) Carlos Gonzalez: The power slugging outfielder would fill two huge holes that the Mets need to fill, outfielder and a  power bat. The whisperings around the team has suggested that a trade for one of the power bats is on the table and is being looked at seriously. Cargo would instantly give protection into the lineup for David Wright, while adding another weapon at the plate. Now Cargo won’t come with out a hefty price tag. Prospects like Travis d’Arnuad, Rafael Montero and Jenrry Mejia are all on the table for this trade to work. Colorado would love to add young talent to the team and the Mets would love to add the bat of Cargo into the lineup, it’s just a matter of the price being right for Sandy Alderson to pull the trigger.

2) Troy Tulowitzki: Another glaring need for the Mets is at the shortstop position. There is no real future at the position, as it seems that Ruben Tejada is not favorable within the organization. Tulo would be another immediate impact type player, filling a need for the Mets. His history of injuries needs to factor in the decision to acquire Tulo, but when healthy he can be one of best hitters in the game. Since he is also a Colorado Rockie, the same price tag would apply. If the Mets can get a package together that could acquire either one of these two All-Star players, they will be able to make a big splash this off-season.

3) Elvis Andrus: A name that isn’t thrown around much, and sort of long shot to be acquired, but Elvis Andrus would be a perfect fit in the Sandy Alderson system. He’s a lead-off caliber hitter, with speed, and plays a position that isn’t occupied. But will Texas want to trade him? He was just given a massive contract extension that keeps him under control for a long time (another thing Alderson looks for in acquiring talent). Couple that with Jurickson Profar needing a home and Andrus’ could be shopped around by the Rangers. The package for Andrus would be a bit different, as Texas would be looking for some bullpen help plus an outfield bat. Montero, Lucas Duda and Bobby Parnell would be a good place to start for Alderson.

4) Jed Lowrie: An under-the-radar trade target, but one that should be on the wish list. Lowrie, who just played in his first full season, is a guy that does everything Sandy Alderson wants a player to do. He gets on base, he hits for power, he hits for average and he can be achieved without giving up any major prospects. Now it’s a bit of a gamble to bring in Lowrie, who only has one season under his belt, but with no big time prospects going back (Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard) it seems like an out-of-the-box option for Alderson to look at.

5) Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton’s name has been linked to trades ever since Miami blew up the “super team”. But it’s a long-shot to get Stanton, and that’s underestimating what it would take to acquire Stanton. That doesn’t mean he can be left off the list (it is a wish list). Stanton is a young, under control, power hitting outfielder who could easily make any mediocre team a contender overnight. Stanton is one of those players a franchise should be around, although it seems Miami might be willing to listen to offers. Fair warning, the price tag is pretty hefty and one that the Mets won’t be able to meet. A package would have to start with Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard, and the organization has clearly said those two are untouchable.  While Stanton may not be a viable option for the Mets, his name will be floated around and connected with the Mets a lot this off-season.

A wish list. All of these players are not achievable. They aren’t the player that is going to make the Mets into World Series Champions. But they are potential pieces that can help get them closer to that point. In honesty, there probably is only one realistic trade that could happen here and that’s one for Jed Lowrie. Any others would have to take some creativity and some talent being traded away. When it’s all set and done the Mets will have to make something happen in the trade market, as 2014 is hanging in the balance.

Topics: Carlos Gonzalez, Elvis Andrus, Giancarlo Stanton, Jed Lowrie, New York Mets, Troy Tulowitzki

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  • Brian Reilly

    I just don’t get any of you bloggers. Are you guys seriously Mets fans? Cargo and/or Tulowitski are going to cost us $18-20mm per, and have averaged roughly 130 games over the past 4-5 years. Robinson Cano will cost us $25-27mm, but has played 160 games per year since 2007. Why on earth would we want to trade 2 excellent young prospects for a player that only plays 75% of the year. On the other hand, we grab Cano, he provides identical $/game value as Cago and/or Tulowitski, and all we lose is a potential player in the form of a draft pick. Instead your suggesting we trade Wheeler, d’Arnaud, Syndergaard or Parnell? I’m begging you to answer me why that is a better deal, begging you!!!

    • Herb G

      David Wright has averaged 123 games over the last 3 years, Should we not have resigned him? The difference between trading for Cargo and Tulo vs. signing Cano is you fill 4 holes that desperately need to be filled (OF, SS, 2 power bats) vs filling 1 (a power bat, since 2B is more than adequately filled with EYJ, Murphy, Flores). If we could pick up both Gonzalez and Tulowiitzki without giving up Wheeler, Syndergaard or d’Arnaud, Sandy would be crazy to walk away from that deal. I would gladly trade Gee, Montero, Duda, Murphy, and 2 to 4 additional lower level, high quality prospects for the 2 of them. Sandy should try to convince Dan O’Dowd that Duda could hit 40 HRs at Coors Field and would be an ideal replacement for Helton.

      That said, I think it is more likely that the Mets trade for a SS like Andrus (or Aybar) to add more speed at the top of the lineup along with Young (who I can see manning 2B next year) and then signing Cruz and Byrd or Beltran for the outfield.

      • Aaron Somers

        Aybar is possibly a more realistic option than Andrus, mostly based on cost (i.e. he’ll cost less than Andrus would to acquire).

        • Herb G

          Costs less because he is less desirable. Coming off a down season, not as good a glove, 5 years older and controllable that much less, but a lot lower payroll hit. All in all, I’d try harder for Andrus. But there has been talk about Hardy and Lowrie lately. Like Tulo, both of them are middle of the order bats. And, of course, there’s still Drew and Peralta lurking in the FA market. The Mets options are boundless. We can only hope Sandy pulls the trigger on someone and doesn’t wind up trying to convince us we are just fine sticking with Tejada.

          • Aaron Somers

            Of course Andrus is a more desirable option, but he’s also far less realistic for this team to acquire. Texas will ask for one of New York’s top prospects and that’s not a price the Mets will likely pay (not to mention the fact that there is no guarantee that Texas is willing to move Andrus after signing him to the extension.

            Sure, New York will have options on the open market for shortstop but none are exactly top quality options. Peralta? No thanks. Drew? Not for the contract that Boras will likely get him after a decent season in Boston.

          • Herb G

            There is talk that Texas will be an active bidder for Cano. If they sign him one of their middle infielders will surely be available. Even if they don’t get Robbie, they have a slight logjam up the middle. While they would probably prefer to move Kinsler, when all is said and done, they will probably ship the guy they get the best offer for. Would you not trade Montero and Flores for either Andrus or Profar? Would I make a play for Asdrubal, or Aybar, or Hardy, or Lowrie if the Rangers refuse to bite on Andrus or Profar? In a heartbeat! We r,eally need an upgrade at SS.
            To that end, I can see why you might be wary of Peralta for the PEDs, but he too would be an upgrade even if you factor out the PED potential, and might be a bargain. I can’t imagine why you would pass on Drew. You just assume we’d have to overpay. If Sandy can get him on reasonable deal, I’d be happy to have him.

      • Chris Schubert

        Agreed, the idea of getting Cargo or Tulo is probably out of the picture (and the Harvey news makes it almost impossible). A cheaper trade option coupled with a few middle-tiered free agents seems like the route the Mets are going to take this off-season. But it doesn’t mean you can’t dream about other options.

      • Brian Reilly

        Cano is a natural shortstop, the only reason he’s played second is because of Jeter. He averages .309 with 24 HR’s and 100 RBI’s. And given Wright’s 123 game average, do we really need another 125 game guy. Besides why would Colorado accept our 2nd teamers for Cargo or Tulo? Why don’t you throw in Davis, Baxter and Valdespin why’ll your at it. Cano plays all 162, is a natural leader and obviates the need to trade anyone. Regarding payroll, time for the Wilpon’s to step up! The fans are so used to hearing the Wilpon’s cry poverty, that they’re starting to believe that a $75mm-100mm payrol for a NEW YORK TEAM is acceptable. Well it’s not!

        • Herb G

          Your “natural” shortstop played only 2 innings at that position in the last 11 years, 1 in the minors in 2003 where he handled 1 chance, and 1 this past season where nothing was hit to him. Even in his first 2 minor league seasons (2001 & 2002) he wasn’t a regular at SS, playing more games at 2B both seasons. I don’t think moving him to SS now would be a prudent move.
          I’m not disputing the fact that he is an outstanding ballplayer (one of the best in the game) and would be an asset to any team, a definite upgrade over Murphy. But at 10 years/$305 million or anything in that vicinity, you can forgrt about it. Cano alone is not bringing us to the promised land. We need to fill several holes and the only way we will do that is to sign and trade wisely, like we did with Byrd, Hawkins, and Feliciano and obaining Black, d’Arnaud, Syndergaard and Wheeler. What we don’t need is a Josh Hamilton or Albert Pujols signing.
          You can say that the big market Mets should spend like the Dodgers or the Yankees of old and that a return to a $140 million payroll should be no big deal, until you are blue in the face, but it isn’t going to happen. So the question is ‘are you going to light a candlle or curse the darkness’ for the rest of your life? Get real and start making practical suggestions that will materially improve the Mets, and possibly help them to contend in 2014.

          • Brian Reilly

            Curse you and the darkness Herb

          • Herb G

            You can curse the darkness, ranting about the Wilpons and whining about a sub $100 million payroll, if that is what you prefer to accepting reality and moving forward. But cursing me merely shows you up to be an ignorant and nasty person.

          • Reilly

            I sorry Herb, I didn’t mean to curse you, it’s just that your willingness to accept a sub $100mm payroll for a team that plays in the greatest city in the world is simply mind-boggling. For the last time, losers “accept the hand they are dealt and move forward” Winners do not settle, they expect excellence and strive valiantly to achieve victory. If the Wilpon’s cannot afford to be among the top 10 payroll teams in baseball, than they need to sell the team or bring in a partner. It is the Wilpon’s who need to “play the hand they were dealt” raise the necessary cash and bring us a team we deserve.

          • Herb G

            Apology accepted.

            You don’t seem to get it. The fact that I accept the fact that we will have a sub $100 million payroll and therefore will make suggestions for player acquisition within that budget doesn’t mean that I am happy with it. You can continue to strive valiantly to achieve victory by not settling. That is a meaningless statement in a situation that you have no control over or even any involvement in it. Will your striving geet the payroll over $100 million this year? Will it convince the owners to sell the team? Will you be frustrated when your striving accomplishes absolutely nothing? Or will you find satisffaction in merely complaining and railing against the Wilpons?
            You call me a Wilpon lackey. I could say that you are an illogical Wilpon bigot. What good does that do? Did you hate the Wilpons just as much when they increased payroll to $143 million and we flamed out? Did you hate them when they approved signing Pedro? Beltran? Wagner? or acquiring Delgado and his outrageous backloaded contract? or Santana when they signed him to the richest coontract for a pitcher at the time? You make no sense to me.
            Do you not accept the fact that Alderson has greatly improved the organization? That acquiring Wheeler, d’Arnaud, Syndergaard, Black for what he gave up were masterful trades? The Mets are on the brink of returning to prominance in the NL regardless of what the payroll is.

          • Brian Reilly

            You were probably one of the guys who chose Bay over Matt Holiday because he cost less money Let’s take comfort in the poor Wilpons depleted wallet, accept a sub $100mm payroll. Enjoy another 10 years of .500 baseball with a half empty stadium. If you want to make money, you’ve got to spend it but clearly your a Wilpon lackey who has accepted the fact that we are not only the second team in NY but a second rate team, period.

          • Herb G

            Isn’t hindsight wonderful. At the time, most knowing baseball people believed the Cardinals had overpaid for Holliday and the Mets had gotten a steal with Bay. I’m sure you knew all the time that Bay would flop and Holliday would excel.
            Talking about taking comfort in the poor Wilpons depleted wallet makes you sound pretty stupid. Who would take comfort in anyone’s financial troubles? Accepting a sub $100 million payroll at this time, however, is accepting reality and playing the hand you’re dealt rather than crying about not getting better cards. If you have a shred of objectivity and can assess where the Mets are today, you know that we are not going to have 10 years of .500 baseball or a half empty stadium. Better times are on the horizon, perhaps even the 2014 horizon. But you’d probably hate that. A winning season and a playoff spot with a sub $100 million payroll would take away your ability to denigrate the Wilpons and Alderson.
            And, btw, why do you call guys like Gee (who had a 2.79 ERA and 1.16 W#HIP in the last 4 months of the season) Murphy (who was one of the league leaders in hits and SBs) or Montero (a top 100 prospect) 2nd teamers. If you see fit to berate the owners or front office, fine . . .but tearing down our players is the lowest of the low.

    • Chris Schubert

      I never once suggested trading Wheeler or Syndergaard. But with some of the players on the wish list, those would be the prospects needed to be shipped off. I also never mention Robinson Cano in the article, as he would be a bad investment. Cargo/Tulo fill needs that the Mets have plus they add to a lineup that needs power in it. They are also the most achievable power bats on the market.

  • Brian Reilly

    MY bad regarding Wheeler/Syndegaard, but you did suggest trading Travis d’Arnuad, Rafael Montero, Jenrry Mejia and Parnell. Parnell maybe, but you say Cano would be a bad investment, yet give no reason. Is it your money? How is Cano a bad investment? He can play shortstop, he hits for a better average (.309 vs .300 for Cargo and .296 for Tulo), same RBI’s and on a 162 game average, hits 5 less Homers and has played 160 games every year since 2007. The other 2 play about 75% of the season, but they’ll save us $5mm per, that’s a great investment huh? Seriously, get into another profession.

    • Scott Mullen

      Cano is not a shortstop, and he’s a bad investment because he’s looking for a deal that’s still going to be paying him 25 million when he is 40.

      • Scott Mullen

        Plus the Yankees are desperate enough to keep Cano that they will overpay to try to keep him – so he’s going to get close to the $300 million, 10-year deal that he wants.

        • Aaron Somers

          The Yankees are desperate, yes, but Cano isn’t getting anything close to $300 Million. He’ll be far closer to $200 Million.

          • Scott Mullen

            $200 million for 7 or 8 years, maybe. Still too much, too long.

    • Aaron Somers

      Cano played one inning at shortstop this past season. One inning in 2003, in Low-A ball. 59 games in 2002, also in Low-A. He is not the Mets’ answer at short.

      • Brian Reilly

        Even though he’s extremely athletic, you’re probably right. Not sure it matters anyhow as the any move the Wilpon’s make will be the wrong move and we’ll remain mired in mediocrity for another 10 + years

  • Scott Mullen

    I think they should flip Montero, Flores, Ike Davis and Tejada to the Blue Jays for Reyes – it’ll help the Blue Jays get younger and give them some payroll relief. If they want to add Dickey to the deal, he’s much more suited to Citi Field than the bandbox in Toronto.

    • Aaron Somers

      I’m not quite sure if you’re serious or not.

      • Scott Mullen

        Toronto’s payroll was over $117 million this year, they finished last, and Dickey’s salary is about to jump from $5 million to $12 million. Reyes only made $10 million last year, but that’s going to jump to $16 million this year and $22 million in 2015. The Mets are going to be able to afford that… can the Blue Jays? They need to shed salary somewhere.