The non-waiver trade deadline is over, however, many names could still be on the move via trade in August. The New York Mets should hang on to Devin Mesoraco.
The trade deadline is over and to the shock of no one; the New York Mets did nothing. The fans are really not surprised as the three-headed triumvirate in the front office and the complete laughingstock of ownership is known to do nothing right. Well, they traded Asdrubal Cabrera for a prospect with an iffy future. That is the definition of Mets. They are not rebuilding, yet. Somehow, there is probably a chance they will not and go into 2019 hoping for a healthy roster. If so, Devin Mesoraco should not be traded in August.
There are several reasons to consider this and it is time to bullet point why.
- When healthy and effective, the New York Mets rotation is great. Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard are four stable pitchers. Yes, all of the latter three have had health or effectiveness issues. Hell, Noah Syndergaard went on the DL for hand, mouth and foot disease. (The front office usually uses its hand to put its foot in its mouth.) Something weird always happens with the Mets. A competitive 2019 team can use all four of them being effective and healthy. (Let us not talk about Jason Vargas.)
- The Mets have some big bats returning. This one is definitely the big variable. Yoenis Cespedes is out until May or earlier for the 2019 season. Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce will be back. Hopefully, Michael Conforto will be better from the scary shoulder injury in 2017. He is already showing a stronger second half. Devin Mesoraco will fit well in the 7 or 8-hole in the order. He may not hit for average, but he still has some power the Mets can draw on.
- He can come back cheap. Devin Mesoraco does not have much of a market for his services next year. The Mets can invest probably two years, $10 million into Mesoraco. There is no reason to let him go for nothing in August. He is not getting you a good prospect or a lottery ticket. Hell, the Mets only got him in a change-of-scenery for change-of-scenery trade. There is no reason to try to get nothing.
- Travis d’Arnaud is done in a Mets uniform. Aside of the fact that Mesoraco is coming cheap, Travis d’Arnaud is done. The Tommy John surgery effectively eliminated him for the year, but the Mets cannot go into 2019 expecting him to get the spot back then end up with Tomas Nido as a backup to Kevin Plawecki. Honestly, the best thing d’Arnaud could use is a change of scenery with Mesoraco taking his place.
- The Mets coaching staff and pitching staff love him. Mesoraco comes to each game prepared with scouting reports and plans on what to do to handle each batter for the pitcher during the game. The coaching staff loves him for that. The pitchers love throwing to him because of that. Why break up something good when the other results are a question.
Ultimately, the Mets have something in Devin Mesoraco. The catching depth is bad, and the coaching staff loves him. He has more value to the 2019 team than the 2018 team.