Being creative is the only way to acquire a top MLB hitter to improve this team going into next year while still being able to keep Syndergaard. Mets have a surplus of SP at the MLB and in the high minor leagues, however most people (including me) want to see Syndergaard stay on the Mets. We would all love to see Harvey, Wheeler, and Syndergaard dominant for the next decade.
Revisiting the Beltran and Wheeler trade…
Wheeler was ranked as the 27th overall and Giants number 1 prospect according to MLB.com in 2011. Beltran’s stats in 2011 before getting traded were 102 hits, 30 doubles, 2 triples, 15 homeruns, 66 RBIs, 60 BB in 98 games with a .289 AVG, .391 OBP, .513 SLG, and a 3.5 WAR.
Colon’s (10-8) stats so far this season in 141.2 IP has giving up 145 hits, 64 runs, 14 homeruns, 20 BB, 106 SO, with a 3.88 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and a 1.0 WAR.
The main goal for trading Colon is either to get an MLB ready prospect for next season or to trade for a top prospect in which you can then repackage in a deal for an MLB ready hitter.
Trades for Colon
trade top SP Kyle Zimmer (#52 overall) and the Royals (#2) prospect. Zimmer is 22yrs old 6’3” 215lbs with grades of Fastball (70), Curveball (65), Slider (60), Changeup (55), Control (60), and Overall (55). Kyle has had a couple of nagging injuries this year so really hasn’t played any ball.
Mets trade Colon and another prospect rated in the 25-35 range of top Mets prospects.
Orioles: (2 options)
trade top SP prospect Dylan Bundy (#16 overall) and Baltimore’s (#1) prospect. Bundy is 21yrs old 6’1” 195lbs with grades of Fastball (70), Curveball (65), Changeup (60), Control (60), and Overall (65).
or the Orioles trade top SP prospect Hunter Harvey (#35 overall) and Baltimore’s (#2) prospect. Harvey is 21yrs old 6’3” 175lbs with grades of Fastball (65), Curveball (55), Changeup (45), Control (50), and Overall (60).
Mets trade Colon and Murphy, while eating some of Colon’s salary for next year, around 3 million.
or Mets trade Colon and Gee, while eating some of Colon’s salary for next year, around 2 million.
Mets could then, in the off season, repackage Zimmer/Bundy/Harvey with the likes of Montero, Plawecki, and den Dekker for Stanton/Cargo/Tulo, without having to give up Syndergaard (#13 overall prospect). I think that is a pretty good and fair package for Stanton if the Marlins decide to trade him this winter. Obviously, other prospects can be switched in or out if the Marlins like someone else, but with still not having to give up Syndergaard.
You have to be creative and having to trade Colon, Murphy, and/or Gee in 1 deal to then turn around and trade that player you just got, for a player of need then that’s what you have to do.