Here's the problem. Thor is a win now move. Trading guys that are part of the core such as Sano, Buxton, Kepler are going to open up other holes that need to be filled. Sano and Buxton definitely underperformed, and Kepler didn't progress as hoped, but I think trading any of those 3 is a mistake. Those 3 moving in the right direction is what will make or break this team.
To get Thor, this is probably how I'd do it.
- First, you're probably moving one of our SPs for his spot. It's not really a value add per se, though if he's doing well, the Mets can flip him at the deadline, so one of Pineda/Odorizzi probably goes in this scenario. Likewise, they said they'd sign a FA pitcher. One of those guys is probably equivalent to what they'd go after.
- Lewis (no way you get Thor without Lewis). You can sub AK here if you'd like. I think I'd rather hold on to him, as his bat will play anywhere and fits more of our needs in the long term. Our farm is pretty deep in the MI, and Lewis might be the top MI prospect available this offseason, so I think I'd dangle him.
- One of Thorpe/Graterol/Romero. They will want a better SP prospect. One of these 3 has to go. I'd lean towards Thorpe personally, but I don't see a scenario where all of these guys stay. One will go. Possibly 2 (though I'd hold out pretty hard on that).
- One of our remaining AAA pitchers (Gonsalves, Wells, Stewart, Slegers, Littell). None of these guys are exciting, but we have too many, and if the Mets are rebuilding, a guy like this can be valuable. It will take some development on their part, but it's a lower risk move that will likely be able to net them some prospects or be a key piece when they are ready to contend again.
- One or two high upside lotto picks in the low minors.
Something like that would probably get it done. Not many teams are deep enough to offer more. They would be walking out with a top 10 prospect, someone else in the top 100, and some decent upside as well. Personally, I'd want to reverse Santana them, but their current GM is a bit smarter in this area than Bill Smith ever was.