Mets acquire: OF A.J. Pollock
Why it makes sense for New York:
The Mets were ready to trade Wheeler to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez at the trade deadline, so would they trade him along with Niese and Nimmo for one of the best center fielders in baseball? Certainly. Although Wheeler is just a few months away from a return, and is a very talented young, controllable pitcher (a two or three starter for the future), the Mets have a clear need for a center fielder. Juan Lagares is coming off of a rough season, and the Mets don’t have the financial means to retain Yoenis Cespedes. Pollock, who hit .315/.367/.498 in a breakout year in 2015, is under club control until 2018 at a very low-cost. His presence in the Mets’ lineup for years to come would be huge, to pair with emerging superstar Michael Conforto in left and veteran Curtis Granderson in right field. Although GM Sandy Alderson and crew will be reluctant to have to trade Wheeler along with Niese, and former first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, Pollock’s presence in the lineup would immediately reform the Mets back to a World Series contender, especially with their star-studded rotation.
Why it makes sense for Arizona:
The Diamondbacks have an overload of hitters, and not many pitchers–even after the signing of Zack Greinke. Also, the signing of Greinke means Arizona’s funds are now tight in regards to improving their pitching staff even further. Thus, the Diamondbacks look towards the trade market. Although they will be very reluctant to deal their star outfielder Pollock, this is the type of return they should consider. Not only do they receive Zack Wheeler–who should be back by July–and could be at least a number two starter behind Greinke or a number three behind Corbin for their future, but they also receive veteran lefty Jon Niese, who has been very good over the course of his career. These two acquisitions improve the Diamondbacks’ rotation greatly, providing much more depth and skill for the future. Nimmo, the former first-round pick, has also shown promise in the minors and is just 22 years old. He has the potential to become a star in a couple of years just like Pollock, and just needs some more developing. Not to mention–as good as he is–Arizona has the ability to replace Pollock with their overload of talented hitters and outfield depth.