David Groveman made an interesting observation, in that the total dollars owed David Price and Robinson Cano are very similar. Price is owed $96 million the next three seasons, while Cano is owed $96 million over four years, not counting the $15 million offset from Seattle. Could those two be the starting point for a trade between the two clubs?
My opinion is that the Mets would have to sweeten the pot considerably to make it attractive for the Red Sox. Price didn’t have a particularly good year but it’s not like the Sox have starting pitching to burn. And with Chaim Bloom rather than Dave Dombrowski in charge now in Boston, the way to sweeten it is with young guys rather than veterans.
The Red Sox would shed salary in this deal, both from an Opening Day and 40-man payroll points of view. So that makes it at least interesting for them to consider, if not pull the trigger. Boston has run Opening Day payrolls north of $230 million the past two seasons, roughly $30 million over the tax threshold. Conversely, it would add $7 million to the Mets’ CBT payroll.
Without knowing their minor league system or injured player status, it appears that the Red Sox have spots to play Cano at either 1B or 2B. And if J.D. Martinez opts out of his contract, that would open up DH, too.
My guess is that Boston would want pitching back in this deal. And not just any pitching, but a high-upside hurler.
Price is one season removed from a 16-win campaign and while last year was injury-shortened, his peripherals still paint a worthwhile starter, as he had a 3.62 FIP last season. He had wrist surgery in late September but is expected back for the start of Spring Training.
It’s my belief it would take something like Cano, Matthew Allan and Dominic Smith to get the job done, assuming that Cano would waive his no-trade clause, which is a big assumption. But let’s pretend that he would.
Getting Allan last year in the draft was a major coup for the Mets. We’ve seen previously that Brodie Van Wagenen had no problem trading young guys acquired by Sandy Alderson. Would he feel the same about his own guy? Would the upgrade from Corey Oswalt to Price be enough to make it worthwhile for a guy in “win now” mode? And would he be willing to move on from his pal Cano?
But forget Bloom, Cano (Price does not have a no-trade clause) or Van Wagenen. What’s your take on this potential deal?