When the Mets made the disastrous trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, speculation was that the Mariners allowed them to protect two of their minor leaguers from being involved in the trade and that the Mets chose Pete Alonso and Andres Gimenez, their two top prospects closest to the majors. The Mariners ended up taking Jarred Kelenic, the Mets’ top pick in the 2018 Draft. Meanwhile, Gimenez had a disappointing season while Kelenic did even better than expected. If given a do-over, the Mets wouldn’t make the deal – at least we hope they wouldn’t make the deal. But if given a do-over on the protected player aspect, clearly they would keep Kelenic over Gimenez.
But, let’s say the Mariners called up the Mets right now and instead of a mythical do-over, they offered a trade. With Evan White and his .838 OPS last year in Double-A atop the major league depth chart at first base and with another multi-tool OF in the system in Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners offer Kelenic for Alonso straight up. What would the Mets do?
Of course, Alonso hit 53 HR and won Rookie of the Year last year at age 24. Kelenic, at age 19, went from Lo-A to Double-A and put up a combined .904 OPS at three levels. In 92 PA in the hitter-friendly Texas League, Kelenic had an .857 OPS, albeit with a .246 BABIP.
With Alonso, you have proven MLB production and a million-dollar personality. With Kelenic you have someone on target to be in MLB by age 22 (if not earlier) at a much more demanding defensive position. And while he’s no Alonso, the Mets do have someone likely better than White to play 1B with Dominic Smith.
Could this trade be a giant win for the Mets, giving them perhaps the finest season of Alonso’s career along with all of Kelenic’s MLB production? Or would it be the continuation of a horrible trade, giving up a superstar after just one season in return for a guy who may never play a day in the majors? How bad do you want to see Kelenic in a Mets uniform?
Would you trade Alonso for Kelenic
- No (89%, 49 Votes)
- Yes (11%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 55