Diamondbacks and Mets, Trading Partners?

 

Chris Owings to the Mets for Noah Syndergaard might be a good trade for both teams. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

This post is not only directed toward fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks but also to all of my friends who happen to root for the New York Mets. The Amazins are in the market for a shortstop and were rumored to have been interested in Troy Tulowitzki. Instead of giving up players and paying all of that salary, I have a solution for them. The D-Backs have a glut of players at the position and can provide New York with a Major League ready player at short. All it will take for the Mets is to give up a certain top pitching prospect and they could have a guy they can plug into the top of the order and play solid defense.

Chris Owings would go to the Mets in exchange for Noah Syndergaard.

I believe Owings could be dealt because his competition for the job in Arizona is Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed, who were both acquired by D-Backs’ GM Kevin Towers last offseason. Owings was a first round draft pick in 2009, before Towers came into the organization and I believe he is the best shortstop of the three. He has a much better bat than Ahmed and Gregorius and while he may not be as good defensively, there is not the same level of drop off in the field as there is with the bat. This is only my opinion, but Towers wants to build the organization around the guys he brings in, with noticeable exceptions such as Paul Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin. It is why I think Owings could be had for the right price. He was the Pacific Coast League MVP as well as its Rookie of the Year. In 546 at-bats, Owings hit 12 home runs and drove in 81 with a slash line of .330/.359/.482. He even stole 20 bases. The right-handed hitting Owings spent just about the entire month of September receiving a total of 55 at-bats with a line of .291/.361/.382 and 5 RBI’s with six multi-hit games. Clearly, Owings is ready to be a starting shortstop in the Major Leagues.

If the Mets want him, the price should be Syndergaard, the team’s #1 prospect and #12 in all of baseball according to mlb.com. He came over from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade and split 2013 between High Class A St. Lucie and Double A Binghamton. At 6 foot 6 and 240 pounds, Syndergaard is an imposing figure on the mound backed up by a 96-plus fastball and power curve. He finished last season with a 9-4 record between the two levels with a 3.06 ERA in 23 starts covering 117 2/3 innings. His most impressive numbers are the 133 strikeouts compared to only 28 walks. Syndergaard has the makings of a frontline starters and would pair nicely in Arizona with another power arm, Archie Bradley.

Mets fans would be understandably reluctant to part with Syndergaard, particularly with Matt Harvey sidelined for all of 2014 because of Tommy John surgery. As a D-Back wiriter and fan, I would be hesitant to trade Owings. However, like the D-backs at shortstop, the Mets have the pitching prospects to spare to make a deal and fill a hole. Syndergaard has never pitched above Double A while Owings is ready to be an everyday player. It sounds like it could be a win-win for both teams.

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Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chris Owings, New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

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  • unkiemoe

    Why would the Mets trade the number 12 overall prospect for Chris Owings who is number 83 on the same list? Not going to happen.

    • Richard Daniels

      The reason the Mets would consider such a trade is that Owings is ready to play in the Bigs right now and Syndergaard won’t be ready for 2 to 3 more years. The bigger question is why Arizona would trade Owings for another prospect that is not prime time ready when they feel that they are one arm and one left handed power hitter from the playoffs. The reality is that you don’t look at prospect numbers when you make a trade, you look at need. And this trade fills a need for the Mets. That’s why fans don’t run teams.

      • unkiemoe

        The rankings are a reflection of potential. Syndergaard has way more upside than Owings. The Mets could get a more established shortstop for him if they really wanted to move him.

        • Richard Daniels

          I agree. However, since we are probably not talking about a 1 for 1 trade, Arizona has a lot more available prospects than most teams. I am not saying that it is the perfect trade, but it is a reasonable one.

      • LastSaneMetsFan

        Syndergaard will be up mid season…SS is a need but you don’t trade a #12 for a # 83. Fans don’t run teams because they don’t have a true concept of a players value. As you clearly don’t. Wow

  • Reilly

    Dude, you should have your Mets fan licence revoked! Syndergaard has top of the rotation potential, possibly even Ace potential. Personally I would not consider trading him, but if I did, it would be for Stanton, Cargo or Tulo. Chris Owings is going to be a very good player, and he’d be a welcome addition, but as a # 83 prospect, he could be had cheaper than Syndergaard.

    • LastSaneMetsFan

      100% correctamundo.

  • Helloboy

    There are 0 chances Thor gets traded. Try again.

  • SL

    Your assessment of Thor is wrong. He is major league ready now and the only reason he won’t start next year in NY is b/c of their continued money concerns. They’ll do the same thing with him that they did with numerous other players this year, wait until after the super 2 deadline passes b/f bringing him up.

    However, the trade is not as crazy as other Mets fans make it out to be.
    But I think Owings upside is not the same as Syndegaard who projects as a major frontline starter.

    Perhaps a Montero or DeGrom for Owings, yes.

    • Richard Daniels

      Do you honestly think that after two years in A and AA ball, this kid is ready to face major league hitters on a regular basis? He has a total of 54 innings in AA with the rest in A ball and Rookie ball. Although anything is possible, it is highly improbable that he is ready for a successful prime-time career. Since I haven’t followed his career, I won’t say he isn’t ready, just that I doubt it.

      • SL

        I won’t bore you with my years as a scout, but the answer to your question is undoubtedly yes. Of all the Mets young arms he has by far the best projection. He already is FAR more polished than Wheeler and I don’t mean at the same point, I mean both now.
        He has a tremendously clean delivery.

        Again, he SHOULD have been in AAA THIS year, as he simply dominated both levels (one bad start affected his AA #’s)

        Either way, though, he projects as a much better prospect than Owings.

        Again, I LIKE Owings, and both Montero and DeGrom are probably front line starters so it’s not much of a drop off, but Syndegaard may be a once a generation talent.

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