Jim Bowden of The Athletic proposed 13 different moves that could help the New York Mets contenders this offseason and he proposed a trade for Nolan Arenado as one of the main moves.
The first week of November is not even over yet and in baseball, the possible move that much of the national media is already talking about is the Colorado Rockies trading Nolan Arenado this offseason and for good reason.
Just in the last few weeks, we have already found out that the St. Louis Cardinals are likely out in the Arenado sweepstakes and at least one person predicted that the Chicago White Sox could land Arenado and their farm system could definitely net Arenado.
Another team that could be in the sweepstakes is the New York Mets, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic (subscription required). Bowden, a former GM for the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, didn’t discuss exactly what he thinks a potential trade could look like but he did mention some possible candidates to be traded.
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- 3B JD Davis
- SS Amed Rosario
- SS Andres Gimenez
- 2B/UTIL Jeff McNeil
- OF Brandon Nimmo
- Prospect SS Ronny Mauricio
- Prospect C Francisco Alvarez
- Prospect 3B Brett Baty
- Prospect 3B Max Vientos
- Prospect LHP Thomas Szapucki
Nimmo is perhaps the most intriguing option for the Rockies because of where he’s from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Rockies are the closest team to Wyoming and, with being born just a few weeks before the Rockies played their first game, Nimmo grew up as a Rockies fan.
The problem with the five prospects that Bowden mentions, only one of them has played above the Single-A level (Szapucki, who made one appearance in Double-A). The top three prospects listed there are on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects. For comparison, the Rockies have one: their 2020 1st round draft pick Zac Veen.
It should also be noted that the Mets have a brand-new owner, Steve Cohen, and he now is the richest owner in the MLB. Therefore, he will likely spend so if Arenado likes playing for the Mets and opts into the remainder of his contract, the Mets should be able to pay it without much financial burden. That alone could make the Mets at the front of the sweepstakes: they can and will spend this offseason and most teams will not.