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#BaronTrades: November 27, 2015


Each week throughout the offseason,’s Michael Baron and Rich MacLeod will answer #BaronTrades sent in by fans. These are free agency/trade proposals that can range from practical to savvy to extreme to say the least.

Rich MacLeodJohn Benedict: Mets sign Ben ZobristJustin Upton.

So far this offseason–and earlier during the 2015 season as well–the Mets have been linked to Zobrist often, and for good reason. While he is getting up their in age at 34 years old, Zobrist brings a solid approach at the plate, productive bat and versatility to play almost any position.

With the team likely letting Daniel Murphy walk in free agency, there’s a hole to fill at second base, and it’s not unrealistic to think that Zobrist could fill that.

It is unrealistic, however, to think that the Mets would sign Justin Upton in free agency. Even coming off of a bit of a down year by his standards, Upton still has plenty of value and will certainly command a contract well over $100M on the open market and, at this point, I’m not sure the Mets are looking to spend that kind of money on a player of his ilk.

It’s also worth noting that if the Mets were to sign Upton, they would be forfeiting their first round draft pick for the second consecutive season–something I highly doubt they’re interested in doing.

Another thing worth mentioning: Upton can’t play center field, so unless you move Granderson to center field, you’ve got nowhere to put him.

Disco Ball: Mets send Brandon NimmoAhmed Rosario to the Reds for Zack CozartBilly Hamilton.

The Reds are on the brink of a full-on rebuild right now as players like Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips all appear to be on the trading block, so it’s possible that they’re open to moving anyone at this point.

That being said, I really don’t think these are the kind of players the Mets would be interested in, nor do I think they should go after them.

Cozart, 30, is coming off a season where he played just 53 games and hasn’t had a productive season since 2013.

Overall, Cozart’s numbers are not impressive as he’s hit .245/.284/.375 with a .659 OPS in his five-year career. He doesn’t hit for power, he doesn’t get on base, he doesn’t steal bases and he strikes out a lot.

For Hamilton, it’s a lot of the same. While he is a dynamic force on the base paths–he’s stolen 126 bases in just over two seasons–he too struggles to make contact and get on base.

In his young career, Hamilton has hit just .242/.287/.330 with 64 total walks and a .617 OPS.

Scott: Mets acquire Starlin Castro, Cubs acquire Brett Gardner, Yankees acquire Jon Niese.

This all makes sense, except for just one minor detail…

Why the heck would the Yankees want Jon Niese?

Corné Hogeveen: Mets send Rafael Montero, Gavin Cecchini to the Red Sox for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley Jr. has come up a lot in trade rumors so far this offseason, and he’s an interesting piece, but this just isn’t getting it done.

Montero is completely unproven past Triple-A, has yet to see any success at the major league level and hasn’t appeared on a baseball field since April 28th of this past season.

Cecchini is not all that far away from being major league ready to play shortstop or second base, but with Boston having Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia manning those spots for the unforeseen future, I’m not sure they’d have much interest.

The Red Sox still seem to be high on Bradley Jr., despite his .213/.290/.249 career slash line, so it would take a much better package than this to get them to move him.

Curt: Mets trade Lucas Duda, re-sign Daniel Murphy to play first, have Dilson Herrera play second.

This isn’t a good idea.

The Mets aren’t exactly a team with a lot of power, and with Yoenis Cespedes likely going elsewhere in free agency, that’s going to dip even more.

At this point, this team cannot afford to trade away Duda’s power if they’re not going to adequately replace it, and while Murphy showed off prolific power by hitting seven home runs in this year’s postseason, he’s never hit more than 14 home runs in a single season. He’s not that kind of guy.

I like Dilson Herrera-as do the Mets–but he’s still just 22 years old and has yet to show that he’s able to play second base every day at the major league level.

Dan Levenstein: Mets acquire Jurickson Profar, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Adam Jones, Drew Storen, George Springer, Jonathan Singleton, Brett Gardner. Rangers acquire Zack Wheeler. Red Sox acquire Matt Harvey, Ahmed Rosario, Wilmer Flores. Indians acquire Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda. Orioles acquire Matt Harvey, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares. Nationals acquire Kevin Plawecki. Astros acquire Matt Harvey. Yankees acquire Jon Niese, Brandon Nimmo, Matt Bowman.


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#BaronTrades: November 20, 2015


Each week throughout the offseason,’s Michael Baron and Rich MacLeod will answer #BaronTrades sent in by fans. These are free agency/trade proposals that can range from practical to savvy to extreme to say the least.

Rich MacLeodJesse Nadelman: Mets send Zack WheelerMatt Reynolds to the Rangers for Jurickson Profar.

I get the thinking here, as the Mets have a surplus of young, controllable starting pitchers, but I just don’t see a fit here. On the Mets side of things, the consensus seems to be that they’d prefer to hold onto Wheeler unless they can get something substantial in return and in regards to Profar, he hasn’t played a single major league game in over two years.

On the Rangers side of things, despite his last game coming on 9/27/13, I still don’t think they’d want to trade Profar–once the #1 overall prospect in baseball–when his value is at an all-time low.

Jason Petrop: Mets send Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda and a young arm to the Braves for Freddie Freeman.

Well, first off, that’s not even close to enough for Atlanta to even consider trading Freddie Freeman to any team, let alone one in their own division.

The rumored asking price for Andrelton Simmons was one of Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom, who is far less of a hitter than Freeman has been in his career. So sure, this would be a great move for the Mets, but it makes no sense for the Braves, who are publicly claiming that they’re not trading Freeman regardless.

Graham Shepherd: Mets send Zack Wheeler, Ahmed RosarioBrandon Nimmo and Gabriel Ynoa to the Dodgers for Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig.

I’m detecting a theme here–everyone wants to trade Zack Wheeler.

It’s amazing how a guy can go from untouchable to the most tradable player in the eyes of fans solely because they haven’t watched him play in a year.

Despite my unwillingness to just include Wheeler in every and any trade, this is yet another lopsided trade proposal–thus #BaronTrades.

It wouldn’t make much of any sense for the Dodgers to trade away their shortstop of the future–who’s already contributed at the major league level–and their most electric position player and swap them for Rosario–who while talented is still years away from playing short in the major leagues–Wheeler–who’s coming off Tommy John surgery–and minor league prospects Nimmo and Ynoa.

Ron Lesser: Mets send Matt Harvey, Juan Lagares to the Angels for Mike Trout.

At this point, any trade proposal including Mike Trout is just a waste of time.

Jordan: Mets send Zack Wheeler, Dominic Smith to the Braves for Freddie Freeman. Mets send Lucas Duda, Logan Verrett, Gabriel Ynoa to the Rangers for Jurickson Profar. Mets sign Ben Zobrist to 4-year, $44M contract. Mets sign Darren O’Day to 3-year, $29M contract. Mets re-sign Kelly Johnson or Juan Uribe.


Dare to dream, folks, but this one is nothing but. Not only are the two trade proposals completely lopsided in favor of the Mets here, but the Amazin’s would also be taking on over $200M in salary total and $30M in 2016, and that’s not including any potential Johnson/Uribe contract or arbitration for players currently on their roster.

I like the creativity, as it addresses all of the Mets needs, but this is an idea so grand I don’t think you could even pull it off in a video game.

Tyler FischerMets send Matt Harvey to the Red Sox for Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts.

A straight-up trade between the Mets and Red Sox including Harvey and one of Bogaerts or Betts actually makes a lot of sense for both sides.

While I’m not in favor of shipping out Harvey as many fans seem to be after the innings limit controversy–which I’d say he put to rest in the postseason–I get the idea here. The Mets are stocked with young pitchers in their starting rotation and have Zack Wheeler on his way back from Tommy John.

The prospect of trading one of those arms–in this case Harvey–for an young, every-day and potential franchise player in Bogaerts or Betts has a lot of upside.

For Boston, it makes sense as well. This is a team that has an offense capable of making a deep playoff run, but their pitching was woeful in 2015, as their best starter was arguably veteran Rich Hill in a handful of late-season starts. The Red Sox have enough depth at the major and minor league levels to be able to part with Betts or Bogaerts in order to acquire that allusive ace they’ve been searching for over since trading away Jon Lester in 2014.

This trade makes sense, but only if Boston is parting with one of those players–not both.

Lucas: Mets acquire Bryce Harper, Julio Urias, Lucas Giolito. Nationals acquire Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, Chris Hatcher, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda. Dodgers acquire Curtis Granderson, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Trea Turner, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, Michael A. Taylor.

I… Uh…

You know what, this seems like a good place to finish.

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