Dodgers & Mets Should Be Trade Partners
It’s been well documented the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers – to bolster its starting staff behind Greinke and Kershaw – especially with the news of Hyun-jin Ryu’s injury and to augment their back end rather than relying on Carlos Frias or Mike Bolsinger for the whole season (although they’ve both been very good to this point). They also can’t rely on the continued health of Brett Anderson although he’s made it this far without a DL stint!
LA also has on its hands a good problem to have in terms of an excess of players capable of playing the infield. They have Justin Turner, Juan Uribe, Alex Guerrero and Enrique Hernandez all playing well in most cases save for Uribe who’s off to a poor start. And that’s without considering Cuban infielder, Hector Olivera, who could join LA in a month’s time.
The New York Mets on the other hand just learned of David Wright’s continued health concerns now that he’s being plagued with spinal stenosis, so there’s no telling when he’ll be able to return. Even second baseman Daniel Murphy hasn’t been his real self so far in 2015 only sporting a 90 wRC+ and coming in below replacement level. Current fill-in at third, Eric Campbell, hasn’t gotten going either.
It’s also well known that the Mets have a surplus of starting pitchers and have been looking to deal one for quite some time now, most notably Dillon Gee. It’s also apparent that they aren’t taking Noah Syndergaard out of the rotation and will have lefty Steven Matz available too very soon. So something’s gotta give!
So a logical trade in my mind would have the Dodgers sending former Met, Justin Turner, back to New York for mid-rotation starter Jon Niese. Now Mets fans might scoff at that notion since, you know, Turner didn’t do much in Queens in the first place and was once non-tendered by the team. However Turner clearly has been a different player since he’s gone to LA batting .329/.397/.505 as a Dodger. He could definitely help the Mets’ infield and Niese would certainly help the Dodgers’ rotation.
The thing is though that the Mets might spurn that offer instead opting to trade Gee. According to Mets Merized Online, they’d prefer to keep Niese over Gee and they list a whole bunch of reasons for it. However, if the Dodgers up the ante and include minor league lefty reliever, Chris Reed, who’s off to a good start in 2015 (21.2 IP, 17 H, 18 SO, 8 BB and recently promoted to Triple-A), it may help sway the New Yorkers.
This trade could very likely be a win-win for both clubs. The Mets receive value for a pitcher of Niese’s calibre and both teams are able to trade from a surplus.