Players to be named later shouldn’t be the only thing the Mets rake in via trade in the near future. With the Mets awaiting the arrival of unknown pieces from the Brewers in return for K-Rod, all eyes have fallen onto Mets All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran has certainly come around in 2011, staying healthy, leading the NL with 29 doubles, and putting up his best numbers in about three years. The Mets have been floating around the middle of the pack of late, and the great debate over buying or selling at the trade deadline is ongoing.
With interest for Beltran piling up amongst contenders, this is the Mets opportunity to stock up on young talent without falling off the map completely.
Assuming the Mets deal Beltran for some young talent, it will be interesting to see what/how much they can pull in from one of the handful of suitors out there.
The Phillies and Red Sox are reportedly seeking him out most aggressively. The gap between the Mets and Phillies would make an in-division deal seem like a decent idea. The Giants, Tigers, Pirates and Braves have all expressed interested as well.
From the Mets perspective, there is a lot on the other end that will make parting with Beltran a bit easier. Here are a pile of prospects that could potentially be part of a cache that the Mets could net before the trade deadline.
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The Red Sox and Phillies have been most aggressive. It seems like any one raised on the Boston farm is worth a look. As far as the Phillies go, its a farm system that isn’t the most stacked in the league, but has some young arms to offer.
Southpaw starter Jesse Biddle and righty Jarred Cosart are two names that the Mets will seek after. A pair of hard throwers that may figure into a big league rotation one day are exactly what the Mets need.
The Phillies also possess Domingo Santana, an right-handed hitting outfielder with skills comparable to Fernando Martinez, minus all the injuries.
The Mets are closer in standing proximity to the Braves, so a deal there might be less likely, but Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino are a pair of highly touted starters that will get some looks.
Delgado was so-so in his Major League debut earlier this year, but both still have some development time on the horizon.
The Detroit Tigers have some options as well, with a ton of pitching prospects. There is no way they would give up on top prospect Jacob Turner, but southpaw Drew Smyly is out there and the Tigers top outfield prospect Daniel Fields could be up for grabs.
The two teams that the Mets could most benefit from dealing with have to be the ones with the most prospects that make sense for the Mets. Those teams are the Giants and Pirates.
The Giants could pair together some young pitchers that the Mets need to building a healthy pitching staff down the road. The Mets could snag a capable closer in Jose Casilla, and a solid young right-handed starter in Zack Wheeler.
Casilla has fallen off the map a bit this year, but every season beforehand has indicated that he has huge bullpen potential. He saved 14 games in 46 appearances in 2010 for single-A Augusta with a 1.16 ERA. 21-year old starter Wheeler has made 15 starts for class A San Jose with seven wins and a 3.70 ERA. He throws hard with an impressive 95 k’s.
The Mets could snag speedy outfielder Francisco Peguero as well, an athletic type with 30+ potential for stolen bases.
The Pirates could offer up a package centered around the increasingly recognized outfielder Starling Marte. Marte can play all over the outfielder and brings speed, contact, and a bit of power into a well-rounded brand of baseball. At AA Altoona this year, Marte is hitting .307 with 16 stolen bases and five home runs.
Colton Cain is talented young southpaw arm and Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson are a lefty/righty tandem of starters who are nearly Major League ready. McPherson already made the jump to AA this year after a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts before moving up.
The Pirates are just the kind of team that could offer up a strong package for Beltran, just for the sake of adding a veteran presence to help push a struggling team back towards respectability.
The Mets need to be aggressive in shopping their All-Star outfielder Beltran. There is a lot of young talent that will available, and the Mets can maximize what the import.