Only minutes before beginning a dreadful game against Atlanta, the Mets had announced that Ike Davis had been traded. The first base situation had been a reoccurring problem ever since Carlos Delgado departed in the beginning of the 2009 season. Davis seemed to be able to take over after a very solid 2010 season and a superb 36 games in 2011. Fast-forward 41 home runs and a .729 OPS, Davis was traded only 30 AB’s into his season. The main concern for Sandy Alderson during the offseason, for trading Davis, was the return that he could get from Davis. The Mets have gotten solid relief prospect Zack Thornton, and the famous “Player to be Named Later.” This type of player can range anywhere from a Ryne Sandberg to a complete washout. From what we’ve heard, this player is supposed to be a more important piece for the future. Lets take a look who could be the mystery player and who will not be.
Undisputedly the top prospect within the Pirates organization, he has been on a roll thus far in AAA. There is almost no way that the Pirates would give up their top prospect for Davis.
While he is down for the entire year, he still holds a high status as a power pitcher that can make a huge impact in the majors. The Mets should not even be considering him due to the excess of young starters already here. This is only pitcher that should even be considered by the Mets, but it remains unlikely he could come here.
Going into the 2013 draft, my hopes were actually set on the bat of Meadows. In the end, it seems that the Mets still got an incredible deal with the bat of Dominic Smith. That being said, Meadows carries an incredible bat that could make an impact some day. What’s interesting about Meadows is that he doesn’t hold a definite spot in the future outfield with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Polanco all being the locked up in Pittsburgh. It seems a little unlikely for the Pirates to trade an excellent talent like this so early, but worth an eye on.
Hanson is actually the best-case scenario for the PTBNL. This is because he remains a solid hitter with above speed- not to mention he plays shortstop. All signs point to him being a great defender with a .280 bat. Most fans should be thrilled if he falls into the lap of the Mets. The best part of this deal is that he could make the major league roster this season if his bat fully develops.
24th pick in the 2014 draft:
The most likely situation, and probably the best, is that the Mets decide who their return is through the draft. This is not commonly practiced in the big leagues, but still remains a possibility.
The player to be named later can be anyone in the Pirates organization and at this point, Alderson and Co. has around six months to figure out who it is. The Mets need to stay clear of choosing another high-risk high reward flamethrower, and find more bats to compliment the weak offense.