The big name on the MLB trade market right now is Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Price is being pursued be a rumored 3-6 teams, and probably more that we don’t know about. The New York Mets could be one of the rumored names to go after the 28-year-old lefty, but should they pull the trigger on the deal if given the opportunity?
The Mets have a plethora of young arms. Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are some of the best pitching prospect in the league, let alone for the Mets organization. It would most likely take one of these arms to get Price. The Mets could also unload Ike Davis on the Rays. They are in need of a first baseman because James Loney is a free agent and is unlikely to return to the team.
Besides one of those young arms and Davis, the Mets would most likely have to throw in another prospect or two. The Rays are a team that loves to build their team through the farm system, so it would most likely be one of the Mets’ top-10 prospects.
In return, the Rays would send over Price and hopefully some bullpen help. A young and upcoming player like C.J. Riefenhauser would be perfect for the Mets. He is from the New York area and has risen quickly through the Rays’ farm system. He could be a useful lefty specialist coming out of the bullpen. They Mets could also find a return prospect or two to make the trade a tad more even.
Still, this trade can be debated. Price is 28 and entering the prime of his career. The Mets have been reluctant to trade any of their young arms as they continually rave about how much they love them, but Sandy Alderson has a lot of arms right now. Matt Harvey won’t be pitching this year because of Tommy John surgery, but they still have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Wheeler, and they just signed Bartolo Colon for the next two years.
Do I think this deal will happen? No. But it would be a blockbuster and would put a stamp on a pretty busy offseason for the Mets. It would be also be another message to the fanbase that after five straight losing seasons, they are finally ready to compete again.