Mets Did Well In Cabrera Trade

While Mets fans understandably liked Asdrubal Cabrera, it is important to note he is an impending free agent who has been the worst defensive second baseman in baseball this year.  Couple that with the Mets apparent unwillingness to eat salary in any deal, and it is hard to believe the team would get a significant return for Cabrera.

Well, in what should prove to be quite a surprise, the Mets not only got a good return, they got a far better return for Cabrera than they received for Jeurys Familia.

While an imperfect comparison on many levels, this trade is akin to the Mets obtaining Zack Wheeler from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran.  Certainly, it was easy to make this connection seeing both of them pitch yesterday with both of them providing their own run support and giving their team a chance to win.

Now, Beltran is a Hall of Famer, and Wheeler was a former sixth overall pick in the draft.  Still, the comparisons of Wheeler to new Met Franklyn Kilome is quite interesting.

Both pitchers were in their early 20s at the time of the trade, and both were on the precipice of Top 100 prospect lists.  With respect to both, while they could ramp it up into the upper 90s, and they both had secondary pitch and control issues.

Consider that at the time of the trade, Wheeler was walking 4.8 batters per nine for the Giants’ California (Single-A) affiliate.  For his part, Kilome has been walking 4.5 batters per nine for the Phillies Double-A affiliate.  Of course, the biggest difference between the two is Wheeler was able to put batters away.

In fact, Wheeler was striking out over ten batters per nine innings.  For his part, Kilome has struck out 7.8 batters per nine in his minor league career.  This includes a 7.3 K/9 with the Phillies prior to this year.

This is what makes Kilome an interesting prospect.  This is a guy with tremendous stuff, who just needs someone to get through to him and unlock that potential.  That task is first up to Rumble Ponies pitching coach Frank Viola.

Looking at Kilome’s first start with Binghamton, he walked just one batter in seven innings.  It’s possible Viola has already started getting Kilome to make the tweaks he needs.  It’s also possible this is a one start blip.

If the Mets get through to Kilome, they have a guy who could be a middle of the rotation starter.  Maybe more.  If not, they have another late inning bullpen arm who is living in the upper 90s.  In either event, that’s not a bad ceiling or floor when you consider the Mets traded away a rental without a true position.



0 thoughts on “Mets Did Well In Cabrera Trade”

  1. Blu2MileHigh says:

    You are exactly right, the Mets did extremely well in the Cabrera trade!!!

    Meanwhile the extremely young talented — in two years !!!! ~ fifth place to first place Atlanta Bravos — who forfeited how many prospects? — just promoted a 10th round …forty year old rookie to add to the rotation next year …..

    The first place Bravos have no chance to better the Mets in the next three years!
    Hopeless chance to win the divion for years?
    That must stink to play 162 games just for a wildcard?
    The fans should stay home!

    Just look at this addition, fifty HRs per 100 innings…

    Where 15 – 18 must be above average

    Sixty BBs sixty per 100 innings – where less than 35 is good….


    The first place Bravos have no chance to better the Mets in the next three years!

    You are exactly right, the Mets did extremely well in the Cabrera trade.
    You are exactly right, the Mets did extremely well in the Cabrera trade.
    You are exactly right, the Mets did extremely well in the Cabrera trade.

    Those fans should see how bad and bleak it really is….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Ummm, ok


    Yankees pull it off again,….

    They did give up, on paper, an intriguing young pitcher, and a 27 year old top prospect that has not surpassed AAAA but they got an innings eater in Lance Lynn that most teams avoided last winter for he would have cost a #1 draft pick.

    They get Lynn for the stretch for those ywo prospects and $2 m.

    Minnesota pays $10 m and loses the pick.

    A Mike Cuddyer result.


    The Reds Braves trade is intriguing also for the leftfielder (low OBP high DPs) averages about 6-7 assists a year… in my view — A MUST FOR LATE INNINGS OCTOBER BALL
    the gellow is under team control for three years…


    Yankees trade non closer Warren for more intl money than Mets got for closer type Familia… and they made sure we knew that!!!

    What is the dollar value for $250,000 in international bonus money Daddy?

  3. Gothamist says:

    Mets, Cabrera trade? Seriously…..

    You want to see a phenomenal trade, or a trade that Wilpon can dream of dumping $168,000,000?

    You thought that Texas erred on tbe Original A Roid deal?

    How about $168,000,000 for 34 Home Runs?!

    Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury, you are not so unique…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It was a good trade

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