With just three days to go until the MLB Trade Deadline, teams will be looking to make trades. The New York Mets will most likely be sellers and the Atlanta Braves will most likely be buyers.
New York and Atlanta both play in the National League East. The Braves currently have a 62-43 record and they sit in first place in the division. The Mets record so far this season is 49-55. They are 12.5 games back of first place in the division, but New York is only six games back of the second wild card spot in the National League.
The New York Mets are looking to trade some players including starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and closer Edwin Diaz. Diaz was acquired in a trade last offseason from the Seattle Mariners. That trade that also brought second baseman Robinson Cano along from Seattle blew up in General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s face.
I don’t think New York would do business with the Braves considering the fact they both play in the same division, but the Braves have one of the best farm systems in baseball.
Atlanta could use another starting pitcher and they could also use a closer. Syndergaard is 26 years old and is under contract for another couple of years. His record so far this season is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA. In 126.2 innings pitched, he has given up 124 hits and 66 runs. Noah Syndergaard has also walked 36 batters and has struck out 126.
Diaz is 25 years old and he is also under contract for another few seasons. His record so far this season is 1-6 with a 4.81 ERA. In 39.1 innings pitched, he has given up 44 hits and 21 runs. Edwin Diaz has walked 13 batters and has struck out 61.
I think the New York Mets could potentially acquire #2 prospect outfielder Drew Waters, #3 right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson, #4 prospect right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright, #10 prospect left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard, #22 prospect outfielder Trey Harris, and outfielder Travis Demeritte.
Waters was drafted in the second-round of the MLB Draft. He is currently playing in Double-A with the Mississippi Braves. Drew Waters is only 20 years old. He has the potential to be an everyday player in the outfield with All-Star potential.
In 102 games played so far this season, his batting average is .329 with five home runs and 37 RBI’s, along with 13 stolen bases. Waters’s on-base percentage is .387. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021.
Right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson is from the state of New York. He was the third overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Anderson played in the MLB Futures Game. He is currently playing in Double-A.
His record so far this season is 7-5 with a 2.66 ERA. In 105 innings pitched, Ian Anderson has given up 76 hits and 36 runs. He has walked 46 batters and has struck out 138 batters.
Anderson is 21 years old and he is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Ian Anderson has the potential to be a frontline starter in the majors when he gets there. Anderson has a solid three pitch arsenal, including his 96 MPH fastball.
Kyle Wright is 23 years old and he is currently pitching for the Gwinnett Strippers in Triple-A. Wright is in Triple-A because he is polishing up his game even though he has seen some time this season in the majors.
If Kyle Wright were to be included in this deal, it is very possible that he would be in the New York Mets rotation right away.
Wright has pitched in four games with the Atlanta Braves so far this season and his record is 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA. In 16.2 innings pitched, he has given up 22 hits and 18 runs. Kyle Wright has walked 13 batters and has struck out 14.
His record in Triple-A so far this season is 8-4 with a 4.83 ERA. In 76.1 innings pitched, he has given up 75 hits and 44 runs. Wright has walked 21 batters and has struck out 73.
He was the fifth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and Kyle Wright made his way through the minors quickly.
He throws in the high 90s with his fastball and Wright also throws two breaking pitches.
I don’t think the Atlanta Braves would lose sleep by trading away left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard in any trades. Allard is currently pitching in Triple-A. His record so far this season is 7-5 with a 4.17 ERA. In 110 innings pitched, he has given up 119 hits and 60 runs.
Kolby Allard has walked 36 batters and has struck out 98 batters. He appeared in a couple of games last season with Atlanta. His record was 1-1 with a 12.38 ERA. In eight innings pitched, Allard gave up 19 hits and 12 runs. He walked four batters and struck out three.
Kolby Allard was the 14th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and he is 21 years old. Allard throws in the high 80s and low 90s with his fastball, but he needs to work on his command.
Trey Harris has had an interesting path up to this point in his baseball career. He was a 32nd round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and Harris has worked very hard at his craft. He is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021.
Trey Harris is currently playing in Double-A. He started the season in Single-A with the Rome Braves and then Harris played for the Florida Fire Frogs in High-A.
He has only played in eight games in Double-A at this point, but Trey Harris has played in 98 games in the minors so far this season. His batting average is .339 with 12 home runs and 66 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases. Harris’s on-base percentage is .412.
Demeritte is a very interesting prospect. He also plays third base. Travis Demeritte is currently playing in Triple-A with the Gwinnett Stripers. His batting average so far this season is .290 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases in 98 games.
Demeritte’s on-base percentage is .391.
This trade would potentially help both teams for the better. The New York Mets would continue to bulk up the farm system and that is something they desperately need to do at the trade deadline.
Some the top prospects in the New York Mets farm system at the moment is #1 shortstop Ronny Mauricio, #2 third baseman Brett Baty, #3 shortstop Andres Giminez, #4 left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay, #5 right-handed pitcher Matthew Allan, #6 right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson, #7 catcher Francisco Alvarez, and #8 third baseman Mark Vientos.
The Atlanta Braves would be getting players that would potentially help them win the World Series for the first time since 1995.