The Marlins traded 2B Dee Gordon, the full $37 million remaining in his contract and $1 million in international bonus pool money to the Mariners for prospects Nick Neidert, Christopher Torres and Robert Dugger.
Meanwhile, according to two reports, the Yankees -- and not the Mets -- are on Giancarlo Stanton's list of four teams he would be prefer to be traded to instead of the Giants and Cardinals.
Did the Mets even try to get Gordon?
The Mets, who are reportedly looking for a new second baseman, were only interested in acquiring Gordon if the Marlins paid a significant portion his salary, according to insiders, speculation and reports.
Miami's goal has always been to cut as much payroll as possible before the start of next season. To pay Gordon's way out via trade would not have been in Miami's best interest. At the same time, the Mets do appear willing to pay in talent or money to acquire a new second baseman.
In other words, I assume Sandy Alderson felt Gordon's cost in trade (and taking on $37 million) were less appealing than other available trade options and free-agent second baseman. As a result, talks with the Marlins likely never progressed beyond background conversations at the GM Meetings in early November.
Instead, I expect Alderson and Co. to continue talking with free agents (Neil Walker, Eduardo Nunez) and finessing the trade market for similar, versatile infielders. Remember, the Mets can always choose to pass on acquiring a strict second baseman and instead add a third baseman, allowing them to move Asdrubal Cabrera to the left of Amed Rosario.
In regards to Stanton...
I still believe the Marlins will eventually find a way to trade Stanton to the Dodgers.
The Giants and Cardinals met with Stanton and his agent earlier this week after both organizations agreed to the general structure of a potential deal with the Marlins. However, he would prefer the Marlins trade him to the Dodgers, followed by the Astros, Yankees or Cubs, instead of sending him to the Giants or Cardinals, according to SiriusXM's Jim Bowden and Craig Mish.
Wait, if he's now OK with New York, why not the Mets?
Ideally, the man wants to play in Los Angeles, this much is known. It is where he grew up, it is where he has family and friends, and it's the lifestyle he wants to live.
Generally speaking, everyone knows that he wants to be as close to Los Angeles as possible, play in as many postseason games as possible and do it in a city with the best possible nightlife. If the Dodgers and Marlins can't find a match, and the Giants and Cardinals do not meet his needs, what is he supposed to do?
He obviously doesn't believe in the short-term potential of the Cardinals and Giants, otherwise one of those two deals would have been completed by now. Similarly, because the Mets are not on his wish list, he presumably has no faith in the Mets as well.
Instead, he intends to use his full no-trade clause to join the four postseason teams from 2017 that he believes have the best shot at getting him a ring in next season.
I may think the Mets can win, and you may think the Mets can win, but if Stanton doesn't think the Mets can win, then Stanton is not OKing a deal to the Mets.
The Yankees have the luxury of playing Stanton at DH, and are a team experts believe have better young talent than the Mets. Plus, Stanton would join an organization that has consistently spent more money than the Mets. Oh, by the way, the Yankees have been to the postseason 19 of the last 22 years, during which they've won five World Series.
I get it. I understand why Stanton would prefer the Yankees to the Mets. It makes sense. But that should not be a reason for the Mets to refrain from making a pitch. I usually don't subscribe to the idea that effort matters, because, in market economics, where there's a will, there can sometimes be a way. There is no way the Mets can sway him on Los Angeles over New York. However, they should be able to sway his agent on Queens over the Bronx, especially since he is familiar with the National League and crushes the ball in Citi Field.
Should the Mets push for Stanton anyway?
Sure, the Mets could be leery about committing $295 million to one player between now and 2028. However, there's no way someone upstairs at Citi Field isn't daydreaming about an outfield of Stanton, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes will be a free agent after 2020, at which point they'd probably be in the market to acquire another big hitter. Well, if they trade for Stanton now, they won't have to; they'd already have the best right-handed power hitter in the league essentially signed to an eight-year, $218 million deal.
It's not probable, because surely Stanton would just as soon go to the Yankees for every aforementioned reason. That said, hopefully the Mets don't believe it's impossible simply because they prefer to avoid his massive, long-term contract.
Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He also hosts the MetsBlog Podcast, which you can subscribe to here. He recently left his position as Executive Editor and Dir. of Digital Content for SNY.TV to help sports brands build their own digital content businesses...