What Bryant’s Deal Means for the Mets

It’s no secret that the Mets are looking for a defensive upgrade at third base, an upgrade that still has a heavy hitting stick in the batters box. Arenado’s name has come up, however the way I see it, the Dodgers are the best fit for him.

That leaves Kris Bryant for the New York Mets. It’s important to include and understand that Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration worth $19.5M. So if the the Mets want to strike up a deal, this is something that obviously needs to be taken into consideration.

The Cubs are in salary dump mode, so they very well may ask any team involved in trade talks to pick up a huge majority of that $19.5M. This will allow the team discussing a Bryant acquisition to give up less from the farm, prospect wise.

Baseball Trade Values

With the Chicago Cubs unloading assets, the best prospects and players you can possibly acquire in return are probably pitchers and shortstops.

While Junior Santos is not a household name, the righty now currently ranks ninth in the Mets list of Top 30 Prospects after Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene were shipped to Cleveland as part of the Lindor package.

The Mets could package catcher Ali Sanchez in the deal, which shouldn’t be a deal maker but with the Cubs potentially shopping Willson Contreras around, as well, Sanchez and a few dollars could help sweeten the offer.

Sanchez isn’t projected to be much more than a back-up backstop, however the Cubs aren’t shooting for a World Series ring in 2021. But, Santos will add a solid name to their list of prospects as well as a top of the line, up and coming pitcher.

However, the patience of Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter, and Zack Scott have proven to be a commodity so far. So while the roster would be stacked and loaded, they could still potential hold onto J.D. Davis in all of this.

However, if that were to be the case, I’d imagine the Mets would be looking into flipping the young and controllable slugger for a couple of prospects to replenish the farm system.

While many would love to include Familia in the trade for the Mets to free up some salary as well as a roster spot in the bullpen, the Cubs would not be inclined to do so. The Mets would need to include the likes of JT Ginn or even PCA, Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Photo from FanSided

Rockies want Mets to engage in Arenado trade talks

Jon Morosi mentioned today that the Rockies want the Mets to be part of the Nolan Arenado trade conversations. That the Rockies would want this isn’t a surprise, as the Mets are one of the few teams with the ability to take some of the contract from Arenado.

With how good Arenado is, I wouldn’t want to trade any big assets for him. I see a ton of tweetsters out there, that are mentioning valued prospects or MLB players for Arenado. But let me ask you this: If Arenado would be a free agent, would you sign him for 6 year 199 million dollar contract?

Also read: Hello, is it me (Nolan Arenado) you’re looking for?

In my opinion that’s a big NO. Let alone trading anyone of value for Arenado. The only way this would work is the Rockies decide to pay a huge part of the contract, trading for a bad Mets contract (Familia) and/or adding a cheap under controlled valuable piece. That’s the only way I want to part with a valuable prospect/current MLB player to get Arenado.

Please, stay away from getting stuck with a major contract that will tie our hands for years. Having a rich owner doesn’t mean spending reckless. I don’t see an Arenado trade happening for the Mets.

Photo from FanSided

Also read: Hello Jerry! Welcome back

Hello, is it me (Nolan Arenado) you’re looking for?

Nolan Arenado, the great third baseman who has played all his career in the extremely hitters friendly Coors Field. With the current financial situation, there is every reason to believe that the Rockies want to unload Arenado and his contract. Especially after a bad short season in which he’s lost a ton of trade value. It’s worth noting that Arenado has a full no trade clause, but I can only imagine that he wants to leave the Rockies organization.

According to BaseballTradeValues.com, Arenado has a negative value off 43.7, which shows Arenado can be had without adding any big name players. You might even be able to add another important need in an Arenado trade? How about trading for Freeland with him coming to Queens and trade away a bad contract (Familia) in the same deal?

Via Josh Hartman

While I think Arenado‘a negative value is too much on BaseballTradeValues, I can still see this type of trade happening. If you look at the values, the Mets still have 23.8 negative value left. That means Rockies could/should add money and/or a prospect. The Rockies could be desperate to shed money and Arenado’s contract is atrocious (5/$164M), giving him that huge negative value.

Also read: MLB Trade Rumors Predictions

So why take on Arenado his huge contract after a bad season? One word, DEFENSE. Arenado just won a platinum glove after receiving his ridiculous 8th gold glove, in his 8th season. No doubt Arenado is the best defensive third baseman in the game, at least while watching play third. Arenado is in the 99th percentile in OOA in the game, which shows he is one of the best defensive player in the game. Having that type of glove behind you, makes your pitchers perform better. We have seen how bad our defense has been and Arenado would be a major upgrade over Davis at third.

Arenado and his bat has been a major concern. In 2020, Arenado owned a .738 OPS, with half of his at bats and games in Coors Field. He has an expected slash line of .236/.303/.389, which is terrible. However, his expected OBP in years before were in the top 6% in every season of his career. So, he should still be able to get on base. The power could decline as his home field won’t be Coors Field, as seen in his career road numbers (.263/.322/.471). I believe it’s fair to expect these type of numbers from Arenado.

Also read: Four non tender candidates

Going forward, you add a guy who improves your defense drasticly, but is expected to be a slightly below average hitter with a huge contract. Hence getting another piece (I keep saying Freeland) of the puzzle, plus shredding a contract of your own.

I’m not a fan off adding big contracts and these type of deals are hard to finalize. It would be a constructed deal where you get Arenado but add more value in another player (can’t mention this enough).

In my next article, I will write about Kyle Freeland, who I like to add in this same deal.

Also read: Mets Trade Target: Ramon Laureano

Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Credit values: Baseballtradevalues.com with help from Josh Hartman