The Mets are coming into the off-season with a plethora of needs and not much in terms of finances and talent to acquire the answers to fill them. As has been the case in the past, the Mets once again plan to trim payroll and have only about $30 million to spend. The Mets have to address holes in the rotation, bullpen, second base, and first base/outfield. One thing that appears likely is that the Mets will look to go the trade route to acquire a second baseman. The Mets have discussed trades for Ceasar Hernandez, Ian Kinsler, Dee Gordon, Brian Dozier, and Jason Kipnis. However, one of those names stands out to me.
The two-time All-Star is coming off a strong a season in which he hit .308/.341/.375 to go along with 60 stolen bases. The last number is one I would really like to focus on.
Speed kills. However, over the past few years, the Mets have not prioritized that. While Jose Reyes stole 24 bases, the next highest in the category was Juan Lagares at seven. That number is short enough that I can write it out. Dee Gordon would change that as he outscored the entire team in that department by a score of 60-58.
Another impressive part of Dee Gordon’s game is his strikeout rate. He only struck out a mere 93 times in 653 at-bats. In an era of baseball where many teams are striking out over eight times a game, it is impressive to see players that can still put the ball in play. As a team, the Mets have struggled to find players that can avoid that and had multiple games this year where they struck out 10+ times.
So the big question is what it would take to acquire him? Well, this topic was actually debated on SNY. According to them, the conversation probably does not start unless the Mets are willing to part with either Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman, or Seth Lugo. Then, the Mets would likely be asked to include someone like Wilmer Flores and then a prospect such as Luis Guillorme. However, while they might be right, I also think the Mets might be able to get him for less.
The Miami Marlins are trying to get rid of payroll and Gordon’s three years and $38 million guaranteed left on his contract makes him a likely candidate to get traded. I believe the Mets could probably get a deal done with just Robert Gsellman and Wilmer Flores if they really want him.
Despite this, the Mets will likely not be the team to land him since they probably are among five-to-ten teams that are interested in his services. However, the Mets should really push to get him as he is the difference maker this team needs.