With the Cubs and Mets playing four games at Wrigley this week, it was inevitable there would be numerous reports about how each team has what the other lacks. And while both front offices acknowledge there have been conversations, the Cubs and Mets do not seem to match up on a trade.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, Jed Hoyer said Monday there are “matches that made sense” and he is sure the two front offices will have discussions in the future. Hoyer talked about his relationship with Mets’ exec Paul DePodesta and Theo Epstein’s “good relationship” with Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson.
Jed Hoyer sees a deal between the two teams happening “at some point.”
The Cubs reportedly spent a lot of time scouting RHP Noah Syndergaard and the Mets’ system last season. Syndergaard has gotten back on track this year and the Mets’ top prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night against the Cubs, which has raised some eyebrows. Syndergaard was thought to be available in the right deal last year while Sandy Alderson maintained the Mets were not trading any of their top young arms. Sound familiar?
The Cubs are not looking to trade Starlin Castro and Addison Russell is just about as untouchable as any player in the organization. How the two fit together on the same field beyond this season is unknown at this point. The Cubs have maintained Castro is the team’s shortstop this year and Russell was brought up to play second base. Castro could eventually move positions to either second or third base in order for the Cubs to have the best defensive shortstop on the big league team actually playing shortstop.
As for a possible deal with the Mets for Castro that would net a pitcher or two, the Mets are reportedly not interested in Castro and when they’ve asked about Russell, the Mets have been told he is not available. The same thing the front office said to Ruben Amaro Jr. when he wanted to build a package around Russell for Cole Hamels.
The Sun-Times reported Javier Baez could be of interest to the Mets. But due to his struggles, the Cubs would be selling low right now and not get the type of return the front office would need in order to move him.
Javier Baez is batting .244/.346/.356 with two doubles and one home run in 12 games with Iowa. Baez has spent time at second base and shortstop and has shown improvement at the plate. Baez has as many walks (4) in his last four games as strikeouts (4) with four hits in 14 at bats.
The Mets have more pitching behind Noah Syndergaard that is pushing its way to the majors. But pitchers like lefty Steve Matz might not available. Sandy Alderson has said as the prospects get closer to helping the big league team win he is not going to trade them.
While both teams seemingly have what the other one needs in order to win more games, the Cubs and Mets do not match up on a trade right now. But as the season moves into late-June, those conversations could always change by the time the Cubs make the annual trip to Citi Field (June 30-July 2).
- Report from Sun-Times
- Report from Sun-Times
- Report from New York Post
- Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Report from NJ.com
- Report from New York Daily News
- Report from ESPN Chicago