If you are a fan of the Mets and follow the minor leagues you’ve heard the name Dominic Smith. Smith is currently enshrined as the future of first base for the team and fans are looking forward to seeing him rake in Las Vegas for a season before he reaches Queens. Yet, Smith might not be destined for Met greatness after all.
Earlier this week Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com mentioned that the Mets lined up well with both the Royals and White Sox on a potential mid-season deal. The idea being that the Mets will have needs that these teams and the Mets will match well for what one another might need and have to offer.
The Kansas City Royals are heading towards a rebuilding movement and will likely be looking for prospect returns on players who are going to be gone in 2018 anyway. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer and Center Fielder Lorenzo Cain are all good fits for the Mets in 2017 and change the Mets from World Series contenders to the World Series favorites.
The Chicago White Sox are in the midst of their own rebuild and can move on from third baseman Todd Frazier, relief pitcher David Robertson and first baseman Jose Abreu. Adding two 30+ home run players and a late inning reliever would also give the Mets the edge on 98% of the competition.
Now, neither of these deals comes cheap and the only “bridge too far” is Amed Rosario. So, what names could we expect to be included in one or the other of these packages? Start your quest with Dominic Smith and Thomas Szapucki and consider adding three to four other names like Gavin Cecchini and Desmond Lindsay as well. Yes, that’s a lot of talent to give up… it’s also a heck of a return and one we might be okay with… if we bring home a trophy.