I think we are trying to be realistic here. So lets start by forgetting about Lawrie. We're talking:
Originally Posted by Korac
JPA - admittedly, an average to below average catcher at best, somewhat defensively challenged.
Gose - a highly ranked prospect before 2012, but who may have lost some of his lustre. Main assets glove, arm and speed.
Syndergaard - a really good pitching prospect with a high ceiling, but still about 3 years away.
To your points, I do like Gose's game. We can use his speed and defense. If Met coaches can improve his patience at the plate, reduce Ks and raise OBP, he can be special. And I think Syndergaard is reasonably rated. But to compare him the Harvey or Wheeler is silly. Harvey has already had success in the majors and Wheeler has a strong track record and is 1/2 season away. Wheeler is currently ranked the #6 prospect in all of baseball, while Syndergaard is #83. And alot lot can happen with Syndergaard in the next 3 years.
Your analogy with Romero doesn't hold water. (No offense meant.) A more apt comparison a year ago would have been Romero for Thole, Familia and Nieuwenhuis, our starting catcher, our #3 and #5 prospects a year ago. Wheeler and Harvey were too highly thought of to both be considered in a trade for Romero.
So, getting back to reality, I could see that we might need to add another prospect along with Niese to bag JPA, Gose and Syndergaard. But I don't think that trade is far off the mark.
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