Barring a miracle, the Mets are going to be sellers. One trade that makes sense: Send Asdrubal Cabrera to the Cleveland Indians.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Friday that the first-place Indians had interest in trading for Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, who spent the first seven seasons of his career in Cleveland.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 21, 2017
Cabrera, 31, hasn’t been productive this year, hitting just .247 with nine home runs and 29 RBI. However, just last season, Cabrera hit .280 with 23 home-runs. His ability to play multiple positions would make him a valuable player for the Indians.
Right now, Cleveland’s starting second baseman, Jason Kipnis is on the disabled list. Cabrera would fill in for him while he’s out. Once Kipnis comes back, he’d then switch to a bench role.
He’s hit a solid .303 as a pinch-hitter over his career, making him a valuable weapon for the Indians to call upon late in games when they need a big hit. He could be a major piece of the puzzle for the Indians down the stretch.
So I propose the following: The Mets trade Cabrera to Cleveland for their top third base prospect, Nolan Jones, and their 22nd best prospect according to MLB.com, right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather.
Jones is only 19 years old but has a lot of upside. He’s got a quick bat, a lot of raw power and excellent plate discipline. He’s solid defensively as well.
Jones is more of a prospect for the future, but he is worth the risk.
Merryweather, 25, is one of the few Indians pitching prospects that throws heat, with a fastball that hits 95 mph. He is also working on secondary pitches including a curveball and changeup that is leading to a high ground ball rate.
Last year, he earned All-Star honors in the Carolina League before being promoted to Double-A. This season in Triple-A, he has gone 3-1, with a 3.95 ERA in eight starts. If not a viable starter, he could definitely be a great guy to add to the bullpen.
Overall, the trade makes sense for both teams. The Indians get a veteran who can help them down the stretch, while the Mets get two players who could help them in the future.