The New York Mets are reeling with injuries as, even with Jacob deGrom coming off the IL on Tuesday to face the Colorado Rockies, they have 15 players on the injured list and two more (outfielder Johneshwy Fargas, who was injured on Monday, and pitcher Jordan Yamamoto) likely to join it in the coming days.
They really can’t afford to put Fargas and Yamamoto on the IL right now for two main reasons: they don’t have many players on the 40-man roster left to join their team and they do have to have some players in Triple-A Syracuse.
But the Rockies could be able to help them out by trading them some of their players and, perhaps, even replenish the minor league system. The Rockies wouldn’t get any of the Mets top prospects for these guys but, perhaps, they could get a mid-level prospect or two.
Here are three players the Rockies could trade to the New York Mets
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Greg Bird is obviously familiar with New York sicne he spent parts of four seasons with the Yankees and he was in the minor leagues with them (or on the injured list) for many more years as well.
Right now, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is on the 10-day IL with a sprained hand. Bird is hitting well for the Rockies in Triple-A Albuquerque as he is hitting .273/.385/.509 with three home runs and 13 RBI.
Once Alonso comes back, Bird could be a powerful, left-handed bench bat for the Mets.
The Mets pitching staff is in a bit of a shambles since they will likely have four starting pitchers (Yamamoto, Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker, and Carlos Carrasco) and Dereck Rodriguez would definitely provide the Mets with some help in the rotation or as a long man in the bullpen.
Rodriguez, the son of MLB Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, seemed to be M.I.A. in April, when the Rockies were utilizing their taxi squad but he seems to have been M.I.A. due to a tweaked shoulder.
However, he has returned and in Albuquerque, he started off poorly but he has been better lately, including a scoreless four-inning start for them, allowing just two hits, no walks, and punching out eight.
Jhoulys Chacin has been the Rockies long-reliever so far this season and he has made a spot start as well but he hasn’t gotten consistent time, as he has only appeared in seven games.
With Kyle Freeland coming off the IL on Tuesday, the Rockies have moved Chi Chi Gonzalez to the bullpen. Do the Rockies need two long relievers?
So Chacin could be in the cards for the Mets in the same role he has been with the Rockies: a long reliever who occasionally starts or, perhaps, even a regular starting pitcher for the time being.