Likely trade targets
It’s been rumored (unverified source) that the Mets could be looking to upgrade defensively at catcher, which makes a lot of sense with the great pitching staff they have and inabilities of Wilson Ramos behind the plate.
We all know that the Padres have been looking to deal Austin Hedges this offseason and he would be an ideal fit for what the Mets are looking for.
Hedges is known to be one of the best — if not the best — defensive catcher in all of baseball. If the Mets do indeed want a defensive first catcher to back-up Ramos and someone who isn’t very expensive, then Hedges makes a ton of sense.
The question I have as a Padres fan is what would San Diego want in return?
Obviously Syndergaard isn’t going to happen in a trade for Hedges, but is there something else they could offer to help this team contend in 2020 and going forward?
Brandon Nimmo is a name I’ve heard suggested a lot in a potential trade with the Mets, but Hedges alone wouldn’t be near enough for that to work.
J.D. Davis might make more sense, but with five years of control left and coming off a 2.4 WAR season the Mets would probably want more.
There is no indication the Mets are willing to trade Steven Matz, but if they were he could be an interesting player to get in return. He has two years of control left and has the upside of a number two or three starter (will be the Mets number four starter in 2020).
Outside of those players, I don’t see anyone else currently on the Mets’ 40-man roster that makes a lot of sense.