The New York Mets are a dumpster fire. In fact, dumpster fires might be upset by that association. They've tried every possible way to remix their roster into a contender and haven't been able to stay healthy or get consistent production form anyone.
So they should burn it down and try a White Sox-like reset.
And the best asset, most healthy asset they have that could be put on the open market today is ace Jacob deGrom, who is having a Pedro-like season without wins to back up his dominance.
If we look at an expected return for the Mets on any deGrom deal, the two comps we should use are both White Sox trades.
- Chicago received Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz from the Boston Red Sox for Chris Sale.
- Chicago received Eloy Jiménez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete from the Cubs for José Quintana.
So here's our task: find teams that need a top tier starting pitcher and have the assets the Mets would want to make a deal happen for deGrom.
- Rockies trade INF Ryan McMahon, 3B Colton Welker and RHP Peter Lambert to the Mets for deGrom.
So this might be the stretch in the group but it's certainly intriguing. McMahon is ready to have an every day gig at the big league level but hasn't been able to lock himself into regular playing time with the Rockies because of the organization's depth in the infield. He could step in at first base for the Mets immediately and is still only 23. Welker is a top-100 prospect who is blocked by Nolan Arenado at third base but would be ready just in time for Todd Frazier to go away with the Mets. And Lambert has a big arm who would eventually fit into the middle/top of the Mets rotation. MLB Pipeline ranks Welker and Lambert the #2 and #3 prospects in the Rockies' system, respectively.
- Mariners trade OF Kyle Lewis, RHP Sam Carlson and SS Juan Querecuto to the Mets for deGrom.
When Robinson Cano was suspended, many feared the season was dead in Seattle. But the Mariners have rallied and continue to appear to be a force in the American League. Adding deGrom would give them a scary rotation.
Lewis, who will turn 23 in July, is the top prospect in the Mariners organization and is ranked #61 overall by MLB Pipeline. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and is a big kid (6-4, 210). Carlson is the top pitching prospect in the Seattle organization and was a second round pick by the Mariners in the 2017 MLB Draft. Still only 19, he has a high ceiling and could develop into a good front-half of the rotation starter. Querecuto, 17, is a bit of a wild card. He signed last July and would be a middle infielder to begin a stockpile for the Mets of talented, athletic players
- Twins trade 3B Miguel Sano, 2B Nick Gordon and RHP Kohl Stewart to the Mets for deGrom and RHP Seth Lugo.
So this is the biggest swing-for-the-fence deal in the mix. Sano, who was an All-Star in 2017, was recently shipped to Single-A ball. Gordon is a tremendous middle infield prospect; yes, he's the brother of Seattle's Dee Gorgon. And Stewart was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft but just hasn't quite worked out yet.
Sano likely needs a change of scenery at this point and would bring an enormous bat to the Mets' lineup. Adding prospects the caliber of Gordon and Stewart would give the Mets enough return to include Lugo, which would give the Twins a rotation deep enough to make waves in the AL Central (and beyond).
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Angels trade SS Kevin Maitan, OF Brandon Marsh and RHP Griffin Canning to the Mets for deGrom and LHP Jerry Blevins.
The Angels are stuck between a rock and a hard place right now, trying to win with what's left of Albert Pujols and some other older players while not throwing away the prime of Mike Trout. When Shohei Ohtani went down with an elbow injury, it threw the entire season in Anaheim into the crapper. Making a deal here is about going for it now.
Maitan was one of the prospects forfeited by the Atlanta Braves over the winter and is the #2 prospect in the Angels' system. March is the #4 prospect in their system and is as big as Seattle's Lewis (6-4, 210). Both are in MLB Pipeline's top 100. Canning was a second round pick by Anaheim last year and has a legit arm.
What say you?