Trade month is almost upon us, and the Mets definitely look to be buyers this season. With that said, any talk of trading Angel Pagan (selling high) needs to be thrown out immediately. I’m not saying the 29 year old will be a major cog in the next couple of years. Who knows? But it is simply a matter of depth.
Carlos Beltran’s knees are never again going to be a sure bet. Pagan is also not a player who has been kn0wn to avoid the disabled list. It doesn’t hurt having four more than capable outfielders sharing time. Just yesterday, Angel was pulling himself out of a game because of a strained muscle. Depth in the outfield, and in general, is essential and in our case could be a strength.
We all remember what happened in past seasons when we lost key players late. Losing Fernando Tatis in 2008 helped to make our offense as inept as any in baseball at that time. The year before, we lost an aging Alou and Valentin who were key offensive pieces. Depth will allow the hot bats to find the lineup and give a manager the ability to get more creative.
If we’re able to acquire Cliff Lee we need to do so by shipping off prospects not established talent. We also do not necessarily need to sign him to an extension. I know, I know, then we wasted prospects if we don’t make a run deep in October, right?
Although it would be disappointing to add Lee and not make a run, just look back at Mike Hampton. Letting an aging Hampton sign elsewhere allotted us the draft pick that brought in David Wright. Just last year, The Red Sox brought in Wagner just to let him walk a few weeks later. They did this because they understand the value of that draft pick. You have the potential to bring in a franchise player with first round picks. Trading the likes of a Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia, or Fernando Martinez is never an easy thing, but it puts us in a win-win situation. We get a Cy Young winner for a half season, and whether or not we keep him…we benefit.