The Mets 2015 season and future irrevocably changed yesterday with David Wright’s diagnosis of spinal stenosis. The captain’s 2015 season and future is now uncertain and that creates an urgency to right the Mets currently listing ship. That doesn’t mean panic moves but it does mean that Alderson’s dream of having a rotation of five aces is dead. It’s time to bring some bats into town to support a rotation that can survive the loss of its two top pitching prospects. Those bats belong to Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki.
Braun’s return to manning the hot corner isn’t exactly a long-awaited one but Tulo can cover the ground Braun’s limited range cannot. What will Colorado and Milwaukee want for their two stars? Well those conversations, unfortunately, will begin with “Thor” and Matz, but moving those two stud arms for Braun and Tulo will improve the team now and in the future. The Mets offense has been anemic without Wright and it’s uncertain when or if he will be back this season. Even if he does come back in 2015, how effective will he be at the plate and in the field? A move to 1B seems imminent now for Wright and would cast doubt on Duda’s long-term future with the club.
With that in mind, Duda becomes a key part of any trade for Braun. Milwaukee needs a 1B. I’d offer Marcos Molina in the Braun deal as well as Conforto or Nimmo. There could be other prospects as well but I believe a trade centered around Duda, Molina and Conforto could at the very least get the conversation started. The Tulo trade would be Syndegaard, Matz, Plawecki and Flores plus another lower level prospect or two. Flores has proven he can hit with power and could be a 25 HR threat in the thin air at Coors. The Rockies would add our top two prospect studs to the impressive duo of Eddie Gray and Jonathan Butler-potentially giving Rockies fans the best pitching staff they’ve ever seen. Also, we’d only have see (and cry over the loss of) Matz and Syndegaard a couple of times a season.
After the dust settles from these trades, and the fallout pro and con, the 2015 New York Mets would look something this:
1b-Cuddyer or Wright
2b-Murphy or Herrera
3b-Braun or Murphy
LF-Braun or Cuddyer
The team becomes much stronger offensively and they still have a solid, if not necessarily dominant, starting five. I think that if Wright is lost for the season the Mets should trade Murphy for some bullpen arms and maybe a mid-level prospect. I would then plug in Herrera to play everyday, that is, if he isn’t part of any Braun or Tulo deals. If he does get moved in either of those swaps than Flores probably stays and takes over at 2B. But if they end up losing both Flores and Herrera than Reynolds takes over at the keystone for 2015. I didn’t mention him earlier but I’d imagine that Amed Rosario would be part of one of these deals too.
Let’s face it the Mets would lose a lot of their future in these two deals but I don’t believe they’d lose all these players I’ve mentioned. For example, if they go heavy on their top offense prospects it’s conceivable they could hold onto one of Matz or Syndegaard-not probable, but it’s conceivable.
The continued health of Braun and Tulo is what the Mets are banking on here-that and the return of Wright as a least passable 1B who still can hit when he’s in the line-up.
It’s time for Alderson and his high-priced braintrust to get creative and pull the trigger on some deals that will keep the 2015 season afloat and set the course for the next few seasons to follow. It’s also time for the Wilpon’s to start acting like a large market team again. The era of financial austerity needs to end and what better way to announce its demise than by acquiring two of the best hitters in the NL.
So what do you think? Are these realistic acquisitions? Would it cost too much of tomorrow to bring these guys in for “today”? If not trading for these two, who would you suggest? Sound off in the comments below.