As we get closer to the trade deadline, the market seems to be clearing up. Teams are making their decisions on whether to buy or sell, and the landscape is open for business.
One team that has been going back and forth on what to do has been the New York Mets. Entering the season, they were widely expected to be one of the better teams in the National League due to their high payroll and strong offseason acquisitions. But so far, they have been one of the biggest letdowns and now are expected to sell off some of their parts.
Assuming the Mets do indeed sell, they could make for an interesting trade partner for the Dodgers. They have some arms and right-handed hitters that could intrigue LA, even with the additions of Kiké Hernández and Amed Rosario. And according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, the Dodgers are watching what happens with the Mets very closely.
“The Dodgers are monitoring the Mets closely over the coming days. The high-dollar flops are still sorting through their deadline plans as their postseason odds dwindle. The pieces the Mets would theoretically move line up well with the Dodgers’ needs, from the bullpen (David Robertson) to two right-handed hitting outfielders in Tommy Pham and Mark Canha.”Per The Athletic
The names mentioned here could help LA in multiple spots. Robertson could help shore up the LA bullpen while bringing a ton of experience with him. The veteran reliever holds an ERA of 2.08 for the season, and he has been one of the few bright spots for New York this year.
He could create a nice duo alongside Evan Phillips in the back end of the bullpen, giving the Dodgers a strong combination at the end of games. He makes a ton of sense as LA searches for bullpen help.
As for the other two guys, with the additions of Hernández and Rosario, it’s obviously less likely the Dodgers trade for another right-handed bat. However, it’s not out of the question at all, especially with the injury to Jonny DeLuca.
Canha is hitting .237 with six home runs and 28 runs batted in for the year. He holds a club option for $11.5 million after the season ends, so the team could keep him or let him go if things don’t work out.
Canha has seen a lesser role this season, but he could help the Dodgers as a corner outfield. Pham, on the other hand, has turned himself into more of an everyday player for the Mets.
He is hitting .266 with nine home runs and 35 runs batted in. He seems more like a player that the Dodgers would target here in a potential deal, but with Andrew Friedman running the show, you never know what he will do.
All three players have the potential of being free agents at the end of the season, which is something that the Dodgers have coveted. They have financial flexibility as they are preparing to make an all-out aggressive run to land Shohei Ohtani this winter.
New York presents some interesting trade deadline pieces that LA could explore, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a few New York players were heading out to the West Coast next week.
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