Mike Silva wonders if
the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him.
It’s an interesting thought. The Mets declined to make this kind of
move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few
weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps
the Mets are considering Mejia’s highest and best use to be as trade
bait for someone who can help them push for a playoff spot this year.
Personally, I don’t think the Mets will hold up as a contender as
currently constructed. Whether that means that they should (a) deal Mejia
for a piece that could make them a strong contender for the rest of the
year; or (b) whether they should just do the
best they can and build for the future kind of depends on how you feel
about such matters.
If it meant getting Cliff Lee, sure, deal him. If it’s just to add a
Mark Buehrle or a Jake Westbrook type then forget it.
A wise man once said that a wise mad said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The White Sox are not prepared to miss their shot: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com says they are “actively trying” to trade Avisail Garcia.
Which seems like a super difficult shot given that (a) Garcia had knee and hamstring injuries this past season; (b) hit just .236/.281/.438 when he did play; and (c) is arbitration eligible and stands to make more than the $6.7 million salary he made in 2018. You put those things together and you have a guy that the Sox are almost 100% going to non-tender rather than take to arbitration, thereby making him freely and cheaply available to anyone who wants him as long as they can wait until November 30, which is the tender/non-tender deadline.
Garcia, who somehow is still just 27 years-old, is one year removed from what many considered a breakout year, in which he hit .330/.380/.506 in 136 games, but I don’t think anyone is going to bite at him in a trade. Assuming he’s in decent shape and recovered from injuries, however, he could be a useful player in 2019.