Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
Orlando, Fla. -- It's Tuesday of the winter meetings. The Metsies are quiet. So allow me a few hundred words of speculation about an idea that is likely fictional, but shouldn't be:
The Mets should trade for Manny Machado. With one move, they could excite their fans, grab the back page back from the Yankees, and try to extend their window to win with one of the best players in baseball.
Money is not an issue here. Machado will make about $17 million next year, roughly what the Mets paid Neil Walker in 2017. Sandy Alderson has said many times that there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal.
The only question is whether the Mets have enough to offer in a trade, even with Machado set to become a free agent after the coming season. According to major league sources, the Orioles are seeking two young, controllable pitchers in exchange for Machado, who wants to play shortstop.
The Mets should see if they can tempt the O's with Steven Matz, whose value is limited by his injury history, but who is still young, talented and lefthanded. Add to that one or two of the young arms acquired in last August's selloff. Again, that might not be enough, but it's worth a shot.
What about Amed Rosario, you say? Who cares, I say. Move him to second base, stash him on the bench or in Triple-A for the year -- whatever. We're talking about Manny Machado here.
Here's the reality for the Mets: After a few years of being able to make a legitimate claim to being the most exciting New York team, they have stumbled into near-irrelevance, watching the Yankees acquire Giancarlo Stanton and continue to make moves. They shouldn't react to that by making an ill-advised deal just to grab publicity, but Machado (obviously) would improve the ballclub.
As currently constructed, the Mets have two Cy Young-caliber starting pitchers in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, a star when healthy in Yoenis Cespedes, a solid bullpen, and questions all over the diamond. They have maybe two more chances to make the playoffs with the team that Sandy Alderson spent years working to build.
How about taking a shot in 2018 with a legitimate superstar? The only question is whether they have the pieces to get it done.
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