YOUR TRADE THOUGHTS? by Tom Brennan
As Mets' players are dropping like flies due to injuries (hey, Ruggiano made it a game and a half, at least), the Mets made two trades and didn't make 2 others.
I like the Bruce trade. Dilson Herrera may come back to bite us, but hitting only .278 in the PCL this year was not a sign of future superstardom. Lefty Max Wotell may turn out to be great, but at 19, he is likely 3-4 years off.
Niese for Bastardo? I'm OK with that, too. Stick Niese in the pen, he may be better than Bastardo, and maybe Smoker is ready to contribute as a power lefty pen arm. He has been much better in AAA of late. (Hey, and a shout out to Paul Sewald, having another fine year in the pitcher's nightmare named Las Vegas).
But they did not get Lucroy and Jeffers, who could really have turned this Mets team strongly towards playoffs. To get BOTH, the Rangers gave up Messrs. Ortiz and Brinson, ranked #21 and #64 by MLB, and a player to be named later. The Mets could not beat that?
What are your thoughts?