Colorado Rockies fans should take note of this New York Mets quote
By Kevin Henry
When billionaire Steve Cohen officially became the owner of the New York Mets in October, baseball pundits wondered how he would invest his money into the team. That investment doesn’t just include this offseason, and Colorado Rockies fans may want to remember that.
The Mets have already been active this offseason, signing catcher James McCann and pitcher Trevor May. They’re also rumored to be in the hunt for big free agents such as outfielder George Springer and pitcher Trevor Bauer. However, the Mets are still lacking at third base, and that’s where the rumors about a potential deal with the Colorado Rockies will likely keep bubbling all offseason and until the 2021 trade deadline.
In a recent interview with Mets MLB.com beat reporter Anthony DiComo, Mets team president Sandy Alderson, DiComo wrote that Alderson, when asked about his team’s current state at third base, “responded with a heavy sigh and then immediately said that the Mets have a defensive deficiency there.”
As a reference, J.D. Davis played 34 games for the Mets at third base last season, the most of any Mets player at the hot corner. As a comparison, Colorado All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado led Major League Baseball with 1.7 dWAR while Davis was last on the Mets roster with a -0.9 dWAR.
Aside from the defensive stats, this is the same Alderson who recently said the Mets would be looking at the trade market to see what made sense for the team.
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Could the combination of those two thoughts mean the Mets would be willing to eventually swing a deal for Arenado? If it does, Alderson has said that he’s not incredibly interested in dealing Mets prospects away, but would under the perfect circumstances.
"“We don’t want to give up prospects, and we’re gonna be very careful about doing that,” Alderson said in this article. “On the other hand, there might be something out there that causes us to say, ‘OK, with respect to this particular deal, this makes sense to us, and while we don’t want to give up prospects, maybe there’s a way we can do this.'”"
It has been reported that the Rockies want to engage with the Mets on a deal and there has already been at least one Rockies-Mets trade involving Arenado that just didn’t seem to meet Colorado’s needs. Don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last time you hear about the Mets and Arenado between now and next July’s trade deadline.