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Mets Need To Get In On The Giancarlo Stanton Bidding

Right now, the rumors are the Marlins are going to be willing to trade the reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton for the extremely underwhelming package of Joe Panik, Tyler Beede, and Joe Shaw.  There is one caveat to a deal – the Giants have to pay $250 million of the $295 million remaining on Stanton’s contract.

What we don’t know at this moment is the particulars, including but not limited to the impact of Stanton’s pending opt out on the allocation of the remaining $295 million on his contract.

Considering this is the package the Marlins are currently contemplating, and in reality, are ready to go ahead and accept, it really makes you question where the Mets are in the bidding process.

No, we shouldn’t pretend there aren’t significant obstacles to a Mets-Marlins deal.  First and foremost, we have no idea about Derek Jeter‘s proclivity to striking a deal with a team that is not only a division rival, but also an inter-city rival from his playing days.

An additional obstacle is Stanton’s no trade clause.  For various rumors, he seems to be inclined to want to either play for the Marlins or the Dodgers next year.  Even as the Giants and Marlins seem to be nearing a deal, it seems the Giants have to meet with Stanton to try to sell him on the idea of becoming a Giant.  Considering the team’s recent success and willingness to spend to compete, this could be an indication of how resolute Stanton may be in his preferences.

We also know the Mets have their own limitations on the budget and prospect front. Still, even with those limitations, the Mets should still have enough to sell the Marlins and Stanton on the idea of becoming a New York Met.

Really, the one thing that jumps off the page at you is how well Stanton has performed at Citi Field.  In 52 games at Citi Field, he is hitting .258/.348/.613 with six doubles, 21 homers, and 43 RBI.

Outside of the two parks Stanton has called home, he has hit more homers at Citi Field than anywhere else.  That is all the more impressive because for a large part of his career, he has had to face tough Mets pitchers like R.A. Dickey, Jacob deGromJeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard.

Stanton would also arguably complete the Mets roster.  By acquiring Stanton, the Mets could shift Michael Conforto to first base.  This is good for a few reasons.

First, the Mets don’t have to be as concerned with Conforto laying full out for a ball and landing on his surgically repaired shoulder in the outfield.  Second, Keith Hernandez has long been enamored with Conforto’s potential at first base.  Third, an outfield left to right of Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares-Stanton is outstanding defensively.

With the modern emphasis on fly balls, having strong outfield defense is an imperative.  That outfield will be as good as there is in Major League baseball.  With the bats of Cespedes, Conforto, and Stanton in the lineup, you can certainly carry Lagares’ bat in the lineup.

You can also handle Stanton financially.  While he has $295 million remaining on his contract, he has three years $77 million remaining before his opt out.  With him making $25 million next season, the Mets still have enough to add at least one impact reliever and fill around the edges with the rest of the roster.  With Stanton in the fold, that should certainly be enough.

As for prospects, you never know what another organization likes from your team.  However, if the Mets are looking to swing a deal, it wouldn’t hurt to start with a former first round pick in Dominic Smith, who could be all the more enticing for a team possibly looking to move Justin Bour.  The Mets also have a number of other prospects and players at or near the level of the Giants haul.  The combination of those players and the willingness to absorb the salary could be enough to get a deal done.

Maybe, just maybe, that would be enough to sell Stanton on coming to the Mets.  Certainly, he has been at Citi Field on nights it was absolutely electric, and he may want to be a part of that.  Maybe he doesn’t.  We wont’ know until the Mets try, which it does not seem like they are at the moment.

11 thoughts on “Mets Need To Get In On The Giancarlo Stanton Bidding”

  1. Gothamist says:

    You are dreaming about the worst move they could make!

    GIVE THEM CESPEDES and count me in!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The reigning NL MVP is the worst move they could make?

  2. Gothamist says:

    100%

    This ownership is broke and every dollar before and above $30 m above Cespesdes’s three more years will effect any long term deal for a starter.

    They have no closer or 8th inning man signed for 2019

    They commited to team speed, defense and I believe situational hitting and high OBP?

    His Ks

    With him we can pray they win 86 games…
    They must beat Washington to be a serious team and they will will need three years even if they make the right decisions.

    DO YOU BELIEVE JETER IS JUST DUMPING HIM?
    there is a price tag and other teams interested….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The Mets have a closer in Familia. After obtaining Stanton, you’d still have enough to get that 8th inning guy.

      Stanton would not only improve the lineup, he’d also provide defense. An outfield of Cespedes-Lagares-Stanton would be great defensively.

      A lineup with Cespedes-Conforto-Stanton would be formidable.

  3. Gothamist says:

    You are just a daddy who wants your kid to run to the park to see epic HRs…
    Usually, you are in touch w reality but you love the HR too much so your son will drag you to the games…

    by age 31….

    he will average less than 20 doubles a year
    he will average less than 5 outfield assists
    he will be consistently over 200Ks

    His lifetime defensive WAR is <.1
    will be negative in 2019

    Familia nor Ramos ARE 2018 free agents and will not be resigned for long term $11 plus M deals starting in 2019
    Yet the Metsies do have the pieces to focus on ballpening FOR this coming season.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s not a matter of loving the HR. Look at his stats at Citi Field. He had a 10 DRS in RF last year and has averaged a 7 DRS over the last four seasons.

      He’s a career .360 OBP guy.

      Overall, you’re completely wrong if you think he’s a HR or bust guy like Kingman. Stanton knows how to play baseball, and he is great at it.

  4. Gothamist says:

    Never said HR or bust guy…
    he also had three sacrifice flies last year…

    He would have been the ideal trade for Fulmer and Cessa….

    We made our bed, we have to sleep in it….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You were the one who accused me of just wanting to see homers. What was I to take from that statement?

      As for sacrifice flies, there’s no context provided. Here’s the proper context:

      Last year, Stanton came up to the plate 43 times with a runner on third and less than two outs. In those situations, he hit .300/.442/.667. He had three walks, five intentional walks, and three sacrifice flies to go with two doubles, three homers, and 25 RBI.

      I think he did just fine in those runner on third and less than two out situations.

      1. Gothamist says:

        You are 100% correct…

        Miami had Ozuna and Yelich and without Prado an outstanding lineup with much protection within that lineup.

        Who were the pitchers, the situations, the inning and the score….

        those stats you posted are outstanding!

        I BUILD teams to beat the last two WS winners…
        That starts with dominance in the division….
        NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR…
        Can not do payroll with unreasonable expectations?

        W STANTON THE WINDOW IS GOOD, HE WILL BE 29, the window is not forever, true?

        with that said…

        even if healthy….

        how do you beat Houston, NYY, Cleveland, Cubs, Nats….

        with the outfield defense of Conforto, Cespedes and Stanton?

        the deal will be contingent on Conforto going back to the Marlins…?

        the Mets trading Conforto?
        the Mets swapping a pre arb contract for one in excess of $220M
        that is your dream…. the deal and who….

        thanks for the stats!

        feed me!

        1. metsdaddy says:

          The only way the Mets beat those teams is if their pitching clicks next year.

          If they even just get three of JdG, Thor, Harvey, Matz, Wheeler, Lugo, Gsellman, and Flexen to pitch up to their abilities, no one can match them pitching wise.

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