The holes in the roster of the New York Mets have shrunk considerably in size over the last 2-3 years with the emergence of young stars like starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, as well as position players stepping up in the form of guys like Lucas Duda and Gold-Glover Juan Lagares. However, the Mets are yet to produce a winning season under General Manager Sandy Alderson, the team has shown that it is more serious about contending now than ever with their signing of outfielder Michael Cuddyer earlier this off-season to a 2-year, $21-million deal that cost the Mets the 15th pick in the upcoming draft.
Holes remain, though, on a Mets team that currently sports a top-5 farm system as well as what many fans hope to be an expanding payroll. The shortstop position has been in flux since the free-agency departure of Jose Reyes. Guys like Ruben Tejada, Omar Quintanilla, and Ronny Cedeno have seen time at the position, as well as the young Wilmer Flores most recently. And although the team likes the potential in Flores’ bat, and Sandy Alderson is on record as saying he is more than comfortable going in to 2015 with Flores as their primary option despite concerns over Flores’ ability to handle the position defensively, the team is in the market for an upgrade at shortstop.
Enter the Boston Red Sox and Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts under-achieving 2014 season has been well documented, and with the recent additions of third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Hanley Ramirez vie free agency, there are other teams pondering Bogaerts availability, and one of those teams is the New York Mets, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.
Bogaerts has been a highly-esteemed prospect in the Sox’ system for some time, but a mediocre 2014 season that saw him produce just a .240/.297/.362 line has many thinking that he may be available, especially given the Red Sox need for starting pitching, something that the Mets have plenty of.
As far as a price on the young shortstop, it is believed that the Red Sox would prefer one of Zack Wheeler or reigning Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. As far as the Mets are concerned, that will never happen as GM Sandy Alderson has said multiple times that the team has little to no interest in trading any of their “Big 4” pitchers, a group consisting og of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and top prospect Noah Syndergaard. If the Mets were to make an offer it would most likely be centered around one of either Jon Niese or Dillon Gee, possibly both if the Mets were to get a lower level prospect in addition to Bogaerts. Perhaps a package of Niese and one of the Mets Minor League shortstops Gavin Cechinni or Matt Reynolds would get the deal done, or maybe the Red Sox will keep Bogaerts at shortstop and play Hanley Ramirez in left field, something that has also been widely reported.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the chips fall the remainder of the off-season.