Mets, Yankees could target these hitters at MLB trade deadline

Mets, Yankees could target these hitters at MLB trade deadline

The Astros received seven of 9 video games in opposition to the New York golf equipment in a not too long ago concluded stretch. It was a favor, in a manner, to the Mets and Yankees.

For it was a midseason reminder that that is what playoff pitching goes to seem like — the Mets and Yankees mixed to attain 16 runs and hit .139. So, it was good it wasn’t the playoffs as a result of the Mets would have been swept four-nothing, and the Yankees could be down three-games-to-two. And it was good it got here nicely earlier than not solely the playoffs, but additionally the Aug. 2 commerce deadline. As a result of it turned extra apparent that the Mets and Yankees every have to discover a bat (or two).

Think about what the New York golf equipment have performed in opposition to the 2 finest run-prevention groups they’ve confronted in 2022. These are the Astros and Rays for the Yankees, who in 15 video games in opposition to that duo have hit .162 with a weighted runs created plus of 62 (38 % under common) in comparison with .255/128 in all different video games (all stats going into the weekend). Credit score to the Yankees’ pitching that they have been 9-6 general, notably 7-3 in opposition to Tampa Bay. The Mets have been 2-6 in opposition to the Astros and Dodgers, hitting .207 with a 74 wRC+ in comparison with .262/114 in any other case.

Neither staff is more likely to overly depend on inside options. There’s some push for the Mets to summon high prospect Francisco Alvarez to be at the very least the DH. However philosophically, basic supervisor Billy Eppler is hesitant to name up a participant straight from Double-A, particularly one who’s doing very nicely (notably for his age), however not dominating, and one he’s involved may have a savior tag utilized throughout a pennant race. The Yankees are extra doubtless to make use of Miguel Andujar or Estevan Florial (each performing nicely at Triple-A) to assist discover a commerce alternative for Joey Gallo, whose possibilities of being a Yankee on Aug. 3 are slim.

So the place will the New York groups discover bats, when a number of contenders additionally shall be wanting?

I’ll take Nationals GM Mike Rizzo at his phrase that Juan Soto won’t be obtainable — however that certain was unusual timing for a narrative to pop up within the final week about additional makes an attempt to increase the star.

Yow will discover executives who suppose the Pirates will commerce Bryan Reynolds and people who don’t — what they agree is the asking value shall be set so excessive as to make a deadline deal unlikely. The identical basically is alleged in regards to the Orioles’ Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins.

One other complicating issue is that the playoffs are increasing this yr from 5 groups in every league to 6, growing the variety of groups who at the very least wish to imagine they’re contending. The close to certainty is that worthy walk-year bats on non-contenders shall be traded.

Listed below are some foremost candidates with execs and cons:

1. Andrew Benintendi, Royals

He’s a contact man who can deal with good pitching, however he’s a lefty Mark Canha, which is to say he’ll do it with out a lot energy.

2. Josh Bell, Nationals

You all the time really feel you need extra out of him, however the switch-hitter handles lefties and righties nicely, and limits strikeouts as a result of he is an efficient two-strike hitter. However he has misplaced 3 mph in common exit velocity at a time when many groups worth the hard-hit ball greater than ever. His teammate, Nelson Cruz, is a DH solely who faltered after being traded to the Rays throughout final season and turned 42 on July 1. However after a poor begin, Cruz has hit nicely the previous two months, albeit with out his acquainted profession energy.

Andrew Benintendi and Josh BellAP, Getty Pictures

3. Willson Contreras, Cubs

Groups specific issues about injecting an at-times inattentive catcher into their ranks in an period when element is extra very important than ever behind the plate. However there’s little doubt about his bat and fearlessness in large spots. However would you get an upset participant involved he’s hurting his free company, if he have been was a hitter solely down the stretch? Teammate Ian Happ shall be a free agent after subsequent season — are groups shopping for his important strikeout discount?

4. Trey Mancini, Orioles

Knowledgeable hitter, however one whose energy is simply too absent in 2022. Groups might be extra serious about Anthony Santander, a switch-hitter who at instances underperforms his abilities, however one who can’t be a free agent till 2025.

5. Brandon Drury, Reds

He’s having his finest season, and has versatility and unquestioned energy. However he additionally has some stat inflation, hitting at residence on the Nice American Ballpark, and no observe file of being a difference-maker. As one personnel head stated, “If he’s the second-best hitter you traded for, that’s good.” However a GM famous the Braves added Adam Duvall, Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler to restricted fanfare and championship outcomes final yr and stated, “When you can add hitter, add hitter and hope they get scorching on the proper time.”

To that finish, I needed to do one other record of 5 under-the-radar hitters, about whom I feel groups ought to at the very least be inquiring between now and Aug. 2:

1. Jose Abreu, White Sox

Chicago has been a multitude (its run differential is definitely worse than the Orioles’). However the AL Central nonetheless has not gotten away from the White Sox. Plus, they’re a win-now staff. Additionally, Abreu has proven loyalty to remain, and Jerry Reinsdorf is named maybe probably the most loyal proprietor. This might solely occur if the White Sox fall utterly out of it and, even then, maybe solely with the thought of buying and selling him then re-signing him as a free agent within the offseason. I feel Abreu is the brand new Cruz — a hitter who will play for years with energy and a clutch streak.

2. Ji-Man Choi, Rays

Tampa Bay won’t surrender on the playoffs, however the Rays are snug strolling and chewing gum on the identical time. In baseball parlance: They’re keen to commerce from their main league roster in the event that they see a technique to nonetheless contend now whereas particularly maintaining a tally of future payrolls and expertise base. Choi and Yandy Diaz are the sorts of arbitration eligibles the Rays would possibly resolve will value an excessive amount of in 2023, so why not get property now? I ponder what number of groups would favor Choi taking playoff at-bats over, say, Benintendi?

3. Garrett Cooper, Marlins

Miami feels a strain to win as a lot as doable this yr and offense is brief already. However Cooper is oft-injured. He’s 31. He’s a free agent after subsequent season. He’s unlikely to be a part of each time Miami has sustained profitable. I’m biased right here as a result of each time I see Cooper, he has very good at-bats. Groups will see his .400 common on balls in play and suppose his .321 common is unsustainable (Bell, Benintendi and Mancini may also incur that critique). Miami would fairly transfer Jesus Aguilar, a free agent after this season or even perhaps Soler, if a contender have been keen to soak up the 2 years at $24 million left after this season (Soler went on the IL on Friday with a again ailment). I simply suppose Cooper can hit good pitching and would ask the identical Choi versus Benintendi query with Cooper versus Bell.

Garrett CooperAP

4. CJ Cron, Rockies

The Rockies didn’t commerce Jon Grey or Trevor Story of their stroll years final season, so the prospect of them giving up Cron, with an affordable $7.25 million owed subsequent yr, shouldn’t be robust, particularly since this group tends to be insular about maintaining their very own and delusional about how near profitable it’s. Cron has dramatic home-road splits. However his energy performs wherever, and he takes good at-bats.

5. Mitch Haniger, Mariners

The oft-injured Haniger has hardly performed this season resulting from an ankle sprain and remains to be not but prepared. He has exploitable holes in his swing, however actual energy — the playoffs are devilish as a result of you possibly can’t have strikeout albatrosses in your lineup, however normally the staff that hits probably the most homers wins a sequence. Seattle hasn’t made the postseason since 2001 and can wait till the eleventh hour if it have been to develop into a vendor — very similar to fellow AL West teeterers the Angels and Rangers. However in Julio Rodriguez, Kyle Lewis and Jarred Kelenic (if there’s nonetheless perception in him), the Mariners have a possible outfield of the longer term, and Haniger is in his stroll yr.

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