The Mets’ blogosphere blew up on Thursday after the Daily News’ Andy Martino reported that the Mets were very intrigued at the prospects of trading for the Marlins’ power-hitting dynamo Giancarlo Stanton. Why not, the Marlins have almost traded their entire roster in the last year; why not try to pry away the most coveted asset on the team in Stanton?
As you can imagine, any trade involving Stanton would come at a steep price and the asking price is indeed steep with inside sources saying for a trade to occur, the Mets would have to part ways with both Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler.
As you can imagine, this trade talk led everyone in Mets’ fan hood to collectively say wow, with many fans having differing viewpoints. First of all, is this all idle chatter or as Martino points outs in his article is there “heat” to this possibility?
Some argue that the Marlins asking price is just too much. Most Mets’ fans are enticed by the possibility of adding one of the preeminent sluggers in the game in Stanton but trading both d’Arnaud and Wheeler is something that seems counterproductive.
They say pitching is what wins championships and when you pair Wheeler with ace-in-the-making Matt Harvey, Mets’ fans envision a one-two punch that could be lethal for years to come. How can anyone not be excited about this formidable duo calling Citi Field home for the next 10 years or so?
And what about d’Arnaud?
After the Mets traded R.A. Dickey and received (perhaps even stolen) the uber-catching prospect d’Arnaud in return from the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mets finally upgraded at a position in catcher that has been such a weak spot for years. Why suddenly weaken that spot after you tried with so much effort to improve it?
So, when you combine all that is riding on Wheeler and d’Arnaud you can see why Mets’ fans are hesitant to want to pull the trigger on this supposed trade.
While Stanton’s proven track record in mashing the ball is tantalizing, I am in the camp that a trade involving both Wheeler and d’Arnaud is just simply too much. Now if the Mets can involve one or the other and package someone along the lines of Wilmer Flores and perhaps Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard, then maybe we could be onto something.
It also should be noted that the Mets also have interest in the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, who the Mets will see up close come Monday. Maybe a deal involving only one of Wheeler or d’Arnaud and other Mets’ prospects can get done, but until then the Mets should be saying thanks, but no thanks.
Granted I get the opinion that a star-outfielder can help you every day and that relying on pitching can be taxing and tricky but this doesn’t look like a road the Mets should go down. If, and of course it’s a big if, Wheeler and d’Arnaud live up to their full potential then the Mets would be sacrificing too much to go for the “sure thing” in Stanton.
While the thought of having Stanton’s bat in the middle of a Mets’ lineup surrounding the likes of David Wright, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda is mouth-watering, the Mets should stick to the plan of building around solid pitching and pass on this potential trade-if it’s realistic in the first place.