We are now through the first 28 games of the season and the Mets sit at 18-10. They currently have a 4 game lead on Washington who is coming on very strong. The team has gone through injuries that could cripple any team out there. They lost their 2nd/3rd best pitcher in Wheeler, their best LH out of the pen in Edgin, their catcher in Travis and Captain in Wright. Not to mention that Black, Parnell and Blevins are out and not one is very close to coming back. The Mets however have battled through and shown with a little more help they could be a serious contender. Now Wright and Travis will be back along with Blevins, but Black and Parnell right now are wait and see type situations. Both have has set-backs, both are not MLB ready. Plawecki and Dilson have both come up and shown there needs to be a place for them on this team. Dilson has had one strong game, but remember his first two games where vs. a couple of pitchers you might have heard of (Scherzer and Strasburg).
As Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron)/Rich Macleod (@richmacleod) and Justmets (@justmets) wp.me/p5IeT0-1tR wrote about, the SS the Mets had options with this offseason have been no better then Wilmer Flores, and lets face it, Wilmer has not been great. However this blog today is not about trading for Tulowitzki or anything like that, it is how the core of the team can become better with upgrades.
Again to reiterate, this blog is strickly from my point of view, no sources, no insider information, just a guy who loves the Mets and plays GM while sitting at work. So here we go, three trades that could help the Mets:
- Mets trade for A’s Tyler Clippard – As last night showed us, Terry has no faith in his bullpen right now. Going to Familia in the 9th with a 4 run lead said “Goedell, Robles, Carlyle, Gilmartin are stopgaps, but I don’t trust them”. Carlos Torres has looked human this year and that could be that the past two years he has been in pretty much half the games the Mets have played. Black and Parnell are no where near ready to return and when they do how quickly can we count on them. The A’s have struggled this year and the Mets could get Clippard for some prospects. Clippard and Familia would be 8th and 9th inning nightmare for teams. He knows the NL very well and is proven.
- Along with Tyler Clippard the Mets should package in Ben Zobrist. Ben would be a great addition to the bench as he can play 3B, SS, 3B and outfield. He is also a switch hitter and can provide that extra lefty bat the Mets need. He would be a major upgrade over Tejada. He along with Clippard is in the final year of his deal and free agent after 2015 season.
- Marlyn Byrd – Byrd is currently on a Reds team that is hanging on by a string. Byrd is on the final year of his contract and can play both corner outfield spots. He is familiar with the Mets team, management and left on good terms. Mayberry has been a bit of a bust, only hitting low 100’s in very limited at bats. However adding Byrd into this bench mix makes the Mets a much stronger team.
Enjoy the off day Mets fans as they have 20 straight games starting Friday the 8th.