How the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets fit as trade partners
By Ian Stoever
The Minnesota Twins 2018-2019 offseason is here. Here we explore who could be their trade partners as they look to return to the playoffs.
With the Minnesota Twins looking to re-tool their roster this offseason there are many moves to be made. The Twins could go in two different directions, either try to contend this year or trade away some players to gear up for a run next season.
We have already explored possibilities with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and Milwaukee Brewers. Next up is the Milwaukee Brewers.
The New York Mets have done a 180 in the last couple months. Many had assumed (including myself) that the Mets were in the middle of a major rebuild, but suddenly they are making moves to be contenders. I do agree with their thinking as they have a very strong rotation.
The Mets might be willing to still trade one of their starters to help improve their farm system but yet help the major league squad in contention. In this article, all 3 trades will be to help the Twins this season.
Trade Proposal #1
Twins trade RHP Brusdar Graterol, 2B/SS Nick Gordon, SS Wander Javier, and LHP Stephen Gonsalves to the New York Mets for RHP Noah Syndergaard.
The biggest trade of all might make many fans feel ill and it still might not be enough. It’s a lot to give up but to acquire a starter with Syndergaard’s pedigree you have to push all your chips to the middle of the table.
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I personally think this trade is not worth it as a couple of these prospects could become All-Star players. While Syndergaard is under team control through 2022 this kind of trade could set the prospect farm back a few years.
Trade Proposal #2
Twins trade LHP Stephen Gonsalves, OF Akil Baddoo, and 3B Andrew Bechtold to the New York Mets for LHP Steven Matz.
There is a different starter that the Mets might consider making available this offseason and he wouldn’t cost nearly as much as Noah Syndergaard would. While Matz is 27 years old he is just a first year arbitration eligible so he would be under team control for 4 more years.
He also hasn’t reached his full potential yet and would be a nice starter to pair with Berrios next season after Gibson, Odorizzi, and Pineda reach free agency.
Trade Proposal #3
Twins trade Travis Blankenhorn to the Mets for Kevin Plawecki.
This trade would hinge on the trade of Jason Castro elsewhere. Plawecki would fit in well with the Minnesota Twins in being that he is a solid defensive catcher. After the Mets acquisition of Wilson Ramos it has made Plawecki expendable as the Mets have Travis D’Arnaud to be the back up.
Plawecki wouldn’t cost much in terms of prospects as there is rumor if the Mets don’t trade him they could just release him before spring training and won’t cost the team much money.