There have been a lot of trade rumors that have been a bit surprising in the last few weeks, including some teams being interested in Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story to play center field, but this trade idea is one that is, perhaps, even more surprising.
Jim Bowden of The Athletic (subscription required) says that he is hearing that a deal that would send Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and starting pitcher Jon Gray to the New York Mets “might happen.”
But does this potential deal with the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets pass the plausibility test?
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The Colorado Rockies have made it known that they are listening to offers for both Trevor Story and Jon Gray.
Additionally, with packaging the two together, the Rockies will get more quality players in return than they seemingly would separately.
The New York Mets have a need for a shortstop (at least in the interim) and they have a need for starting pitching help as well. The new Mets owner, Steve Cohen, has also expressed that he will spend money and do whatever it takes to win.
It would be a win for the Mets too in that if they acquired Story and Gray, they would not be going to the Mets divisional rivals in the Atlanta Braves or Philadelphia Phillies, as both teams have expressed interest in either Story and/or Gray.
From those perspectives, it makes sense.
However, getting a deal together for both players in less than 48 hours seems highly unlikely, unless the teams have been discussing this already for days or weeks.
In other words, personally, I don’t foresee a trade happening between the two teams for both players unless something really changes in the next 24 hours or so (which it always could). Perhaps, the Mets could trade for one of them but if they trade for both of them, it would be a huge coup for them in the interim and a huge coup for the Rockies in the long term but the chances of it happening don’t seem to be high.