This week’s question to the RDMB staff:
Which players on the current active roster would you be willing to part with at the trade deadline? Who must you keep?
Here are the answers:
Can Jason Bay leave lol who cares if he does well anywhere else he won’t get better here!
In order to buy you must trade guys away…
Must keep RA, Johan, Niese, Parnell, Wright, Wheeler, Harvey, and that is probably it….if the right deal came along I would even part with Tejada, Ike, or Duda.
Anyone else can go to get Beltran back.
It seems like they’re going to be buyers at the deadline so I imagine they’ll try to trade prospects, but some teams might be after a player already in the big leagues. If that’s the case I could see teams asking about Justin Turner, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bobby Parnell, and Dillon Gee, or perhaps even Jeremy Hefner. Hefner would be easy to part with of course. Trading Parnell makes no sense b/c they’ll be looking for bullpen help unless they’re getting back a bona fide proven closer. Turner would be tough to part with but you might have to for bullpen help if somebody really wants him. I’m sure teams would ask about Nieuwenhuis and he may be the best chip they’ve got of the major leaguers they’d consider trading, but that would be pretty risky with the sketchy play of Torres and Bay and the health of Bay and Baxter; you’d really have to ride Duda and Hairston a long way in the outfield if you did that and hope Torres can at least give you good defense. Gee is another guy teams will ask about who you could think about trading. If you think Matt Harvey is ready to step in than Gee is easier to trade if you’re getting bullpen help in return but then you’re asking Harvey to immediately come up and be part of a playoff chase, and you’re also losing your rotation depth, which may not be wise with the shoulders of Young and Santana and Niese’s history of not finishing seasons. So trading Gee is possible but plenty risky.
I wouldn’t give up any prospect above a C- type guy. All we really need is a few relievers, but I wouldn’t even do that unless we can pull what Texas did last year (Adams and Uehara). Relievers are too volatile.
On the active roster I wouldn’t trade Dickey, Niese, Santana, Davis, Tejada, Wright, Duda and Nieuwenhuis. Everyone else I would consider dealing. I would also not trade any top prospects and most second tier prospects. Unless the Mets a trading for someone else’s young talent it is not worth giving up major leaguers or minor leaguers with a lot of potential for a quick fix.
By roster, I’ll interpret that as the 40-man roster, and by player, I’ll interpret that as any player who could actually return some value (i.e., not Mike Nickeas)
I would be willing to part with Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia. Prospects are often most useful as chips for a trade. Mejia has been mishandled by both the Minaya and Alderson regimes – is he a starter? Is he a reliever? I don’t know, and neither does Jenrry. I think a move would benefit him, but more importantly, we could get legitimate, help-us-now-and-maybe-in-the-near-future player(s) in return for him. Familia’s been erratic in Buffalo. I’m not willing to give up on him, but he could return a lot the same overhyphenated value that Mejia could.
I’d also be willing to part with Valdespin, Murphy, and Torres. Unlike most fans, I believe each of those three can still be major contributors to this team, especially Murphy, who is breaking out of his slump. But, other teams would view them as valuable which means we can get something (wait for it) valuable in return.
As the deadline approaches, I think Sandy should look for a reliable bullpen arm without mortgaging too much of the future. I realize it looks like I’m mortgaging the future in my Sunday Shot, but I’m not willing to part with ALL of the players I mentioned, just one or two. The Mets are doing better than anyone expected this year, and are a legitimate playoff contender. But let’s not forget what this is. Even while we have an eye on the 2012 playoffs, we should remain focused on 2013 and 2014.
I would be willing to part with anyone except the rotation, Wright, Duda, Davis, Harvey, Wheeler, Mejia, and Flores. There are others that I would only part with if the perfect situation came along. For instance, I would hesitate to trade Michael Fulmer and Collin McHugh, but if the team got a great return, it would be alright. The players I listed, however, I wouldn’t touch.