Further down the MLBTR article, Todd hypothesizes that:
It stands to reason that the Mets would seek to land assets with at least some amount of control, rather than pure rentals, but also that theyâ€™d prefer players that have established themselves to some extent in the major leagues. Itâ€™s possible to imagine the club being intrigued by additions behind the plate, in center field, or just about anywhere in the infield. The bullpen is a clear need as well, though itâ€™s tough to see a reliever driving a deal.
Of course, we have no idea if he is correct in this assumption, but interestingly, it would appear the Mets are not looking for starting pitching, but a catcher, infielder and outfielder.Admittedly, the Twins are thin in these areas, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, Sano and Kepler must still be viewed as "major leaguers" with good upside potential.Garver more so than Castro, as well.With the emergence of Cave and Kirillof in a year or two, Kepler mustr be viewed as a valuable trade chip, at least by the Twins, if they are going to snag a top starter on the trade market.Likewise, while it would hurt to trade Sano at a low point(but his mental as well as physical makeup just seems too big a risk for the Twins to tolerate much longer)his trade value is certainly higher than any other Twins infielder and thus, might be very attractive to a rebuilding team like the Mets.But this only makes sense if they could acquire a FA like Donaldson.
Doubtful whether the Twins would give up this much and frankly, just as doubtful that these players would maximize value for Thor.For example, the Cubs with Russell, Haap, Schwarber and even Contreras would have a lot better chance than the Twins in landing Thor.All depends on what the Mets are willing to accept here(if they really are serious about trading Thor).
The Twins need for a starter to slot in ahead of Berrios is critical if they want to seriously contend in 2019.Because of his age, contract, and performance, there is no one close to Thor who might be available either on the trade or FA market, so a bidding war is almost sure to emerge.Doubtful the Twins could win this one, but I sure would hope they'd be in the discussions.
It is likely a more veteran pitcher like Greineke or Baumgartner would be more realistic, just in the return that would be needed, but neither one can be viewed as a long term piece of the Twins' rotation.Here's hoping the FO can land one of these three this offseason, with Thor far and away the gold ring.