With the Chicago White Sox unloading Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, we wonder if the New York Mets could look in on Jose Abreu.
With the breaking news of the Chicago White Sox trading ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, it seems that the South Side team is looking to get younger. Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets may be in a position to pounce.
The Mets could vastly improve their current lineup by trading for first baseman Jose Abreu and certainly have the pieces to do so. Not only does Abreu add power to a lineup that has an abundance of it, but it brings depth which, if the Mets want to contend, will certainly need to have.
In 2016 Abreu slashed .293/.353/.468 while smashing 25 home runs and driving in 100 runs. Having Abreu hit ahead of Cespedes every night would be a scary thought for opposing pitchers and a luxury for the Mets to showcase on a nightly basis.
Not only does Abreu shine with his bat but he also flashes the leather at first, which is another problem the Mets could fix. Abreu, in is three years in the majors, boasts a fielding percentage of .994, .989, and .993.
If the Mets decided to acquire Abreu, it will likely lead to current first baseman Lucas Duda being traded. Coming off an injury-plagued year, the price for Duda is unknown, but based off his success prior, a possible mid-tier reliever could be the haul for the lefty. This can add great depth to the bullpen which the Mets are certainly looking into this offseason.
While the price for Abreu will come sky high, the Mets have the pieces to pull off the trade. With names like Zack Wheeler and Dominic Smith in the farm system, the two teams can find a way to pull off this blockbuster trade.
If the Mets did decide to trade for Jose Abreu, it will turn them into automatic contenders and favorites in the NL East.