A Met Fan Proposes a Trade With the Diamondbacks
By Thomas Lynch
Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed throws to first to complete the double play after forcing out Los Angeles Angels base runner Johnny Giavotella in the third inning during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
On my way home from work yesterday I was listening to Mike Francesca’s show on WFAN. The topic was the New York Mets and what has become an annual Summer tradition, callers were discussing either the inability or the unwillingness of their front office to address the team’s needs. One fellow (I wish I remember his name) called the station and proposed a trade that would presumably help his beleaguered favorite team. Some calls can be ridiculous like the one in 1999 where a Mets’ fan said he wouldn’t trade Rey Ordonez for Derek Jeter. This one made a day earlier actually made sense for both sides.
It would be the Mets dealing Noah Syndergaard to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas.
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Talk about a mini-blockbuster. Syndergaard is one of the most highly-rated young pitching prospects in the game and already has shown flashes of brilliance. While neither Tomas and Ahmed individually match up one-for-one with Syndergaard, together they fit two pressing New York needs. The Mets need a bat in the worst way and while Tomas does not have the big power numbers yet, his .328 batting average is 30 points higher than any Met. Ahmed is better than any New York shortstop with the glove and while he does not match Wilmer Flores at the plate, he is hitting .277 over his last 30 games.
As for the D’backs, Syndergaard would become their best starting pitcher immediately. He is 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA on a team that doesn’t give its starters any run support. Syndergaard has 48 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 44 2/3 innings covering eight starts, outstanding for any pitcher, let alone a rookie. Four of those walks came in his Major League debut. Before the 2015 season, he was ranked as the #11 prospect in the game by Baseball America.
I understand Mets’ fans would be hesitant to give up one of the organization’s crown jewels. However, they are about to have their season go down the drain if management does nothing to address the needs of the club. It would be tough for Arizona to send Tomas away since he has been such an integral part of the offense. Ahmed has finally shown he could hit Major League pitching and is one of the best defensively at his position. I’d give the slight edge to the D’backs in terms of who won or lost this particular deal if it was completed. Perhaps Tony LaRussa and Sandy Alderson can now begin negotiations.