The Morning Report 7.21.2015 | Mets Prepping for Trades, Prospects Not Named Conforto on the Table, Conforto Unlikely to Replace Cuddyer
Posted by Christopher Soto at 8:00 AM
Matt Cerrone | Metsblog- My hunch is the Mets are trying to acquire two players, one more prominent than the other. It could also be they’re setting up for one deal, with a back-up option being lined up as well, but I prefer to think it’s two moves not one. In either case, I’ve heard from multiple sources saying they’ve checked in one a variety of guys, but they clearly have an ideal target. On the other hand, I’m equally skeptical they’ll get a big hitter, mostly because they’ve been talking about this caliber of a deal for years and never seem to do it. I like that I’m hearing they think today is different, but, I’ve got to see it to believe it…
(Chris Soto: Matt Cerrone is about as close to the team that a blogger can be so while I'm not a huge fan of the editorial work nor the fanbase on Metsblog, I do value the reporting that comes out of there. Lately, he has become increasingly chatty about the possibility of not only 1 but 2 potential trades in the works for Sandy Alderson. Ben Zobrist, Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, and Carlos Gomez are all names that have been mentioned over the past few days and it seems like the level of trade rumor activity is really picking up indicating that something could happen soon.)
Jeff Todd | MLB Trade Rumors- Despite entering the [Nationals] series just two games back in the division, New York faces a lot of scrutiny due to its scuffling offense. Michael Cuddyer‘s knee problems are an increasing concern for the Mets. Any missed time from Cuddyer will also increase calls for the team to promote well-regarded outfield prospect Michael Conforto. All said, it seems as if GM Sandy Alderson is looking more for complimentary pieces than “one transformational bat." New York might be willing to deal well-regarded youngsters Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Jhoan Urena, and Matt Reynolds.
(Chris Soto: Do not mistake Sandy's inactivity to this point for an indesire to improve the team. The market took a while to take shape and now that it's finally active, trade rumors are flying around left and right about who Sandy is calling, who's available, and who he's targeting. It is clear, believe it or not, that the Mets are in a clear buy mode as all of their prospects not named Conforto are on the table to be traded.)
Nick Ziegler | Empire Strikes Back- The recent knee issues with Michael Cuddyer have enhanced the rumors that if he is placed on the disabled list, Conforto may get called up. Manager Terry Collins and the Mets seem to have other plans, as they don’t plan to bring up the talented young Conforto if indeed Cuddyer goes to the DL. The Mets might look to trade for a bat sometime before the trading deadline, but they also don’t want to fall behind in the playoff hunt before then There is very little risk to the Mets bringing up Conforto, as if he struggles they can easily send him back down in order to gain more experience.
(Chris Soto: I wouldn't go as far to say that there is little risk. We have seen many times, a prospect get rushed to the MLB, struggling mightily, and it causing him to change his whole approach which only further deepens the hole he is in. In fact, the Cubs are experiencing that right now with Addison Russell who was rushed up to play 2B. Instead of hitting .300 with decent pop and a solid K rate in AA, Russell is hitting .233 with an atrocious 30% K rate at the MLB level and has not show any signs of improvement.)