A potential trade
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Earlier this offseason the Mets traded for center fielder Jake Marisnick securing their outfield rotation. So I don’t see a fit for the Padres to pair an outfielder like Manuel Margot or Josh Naylor with Hedges.
While I would love for the Padres to land Nimmo, I just don’t see the Mets parting with him even if San Diego attached a good prospect with Hedges.
The problem is the Mets want to win in 2020, so why would they trade crucial pieces of their roster for a back-up catcher in Hedges?
I really think the only trade that makes sense here is a prospect trade for Hedges. The Mets aren’t likely to give up anyone of significance from their big league roster.
Instead, we could see a very similar deal to the one the Mets made to land Jake Marisnick who is essentially the center field version of Hedges (a defensive first player).
New York gave up two Minor League players for Marisnick. But, Marisnick is a free agent after the 2020 season and Hedges has three years of control left, so that makes the catcher a little more valuable.
I could see the Mets trading a high upside prospect like right-handed pitcher Ryley Gilliam (16th ranked Mets prospect) and then a young, low-level prospect for Hedges.
San Diego could then use the $3 million saved by trading Hedges and the prospects gained to make another trade that helps upgrade the team for 2020 and beyond.
I’m just having a hard time seeing where the Mets and Padres match up for a Major League player trade as both teams want to compete in 2020.
Let me know in the comments below if you think these two teams are a match and what you’re potential trades might look like.