If Kep’s a below average player, then why are so many teams interested in him?? Simultaneously, why trade Kep if he’s about to breakout?? And why attach Romero and Lewis to the very same deal?? This is the why I’m not a fan of trading for “Thor,” because they’ll “undervalue” guys like Kepler and Romero, but overvalue Syndergaard to the point where Lewis is has to be included. In other words, I think other teams are trying to rip us off, and why wouldn’t they?? I just hope the FO doesn’t fall for it.
Chris, as one who advocated going all in for Thor( I actually proposed a trade including Sano, Kepler and one of our catchers - not Lewis or Kirillof), I must admit that it would be much harder to include Kepler rather than Sano.I say this because of all the tantalizing improvements Max seems to make, together with his lack of playing time before signing.Sano on the other hand, while showing flashes of greatness, carries too heavy a burden in terms of temperament, character and lack of conditioning to be able to count on as a core member of a contending club.But the real issue is how the trade partner values each player.No real way of knowing.
I included both Sano and Kepler only because each is unproven as a potential all star and short of giving up one of our two uber-prospects, these two are the most likely major-league - ready players we have.Sure they would leave holes in an already porous lineup but to get an ace pitcher you must give up quality.While the Donaldson ship has already sailed, there are some 3B replacements on the FA market and even more for the corner outfield position.Yes, it would take boldness to trade two of our "starters" but a Syndergaard does not become available every offseason.
As it turns out, the Mets' likelihood of trading Thor has diminished since the first flurry of rumors, so perhaps this whole topic is a moot point, but if a #1 or #2 starter can be pried loose(and signed to a long term deal), this FO should be making an all-out effort to complete such a trade.Aces don't come along often but when they do, a contending organization must take the risk(see Boston/Sale and Houston/Verlander).Why not the Twins?