Not long after trading beloved outfielder Curtis Granderson to the monstrous Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets received another right-handed pitching prospect as the Player To Be Named Later in the trade — 24-year-old Jacob Rhame, the No. 28 ranked prospect in the Dodgers minor league pipeline.
I’m supportive of the relief pitching infusion — at the expense of the aging veterans the Mets were destined to trade — that is being put forward, but it would be equally as thrilling to a beleaguered fan base if Sandy Alderson could get back a scrappy line drive hitter or an OBP-focused complement to the plethora of future stars on the current Major League roster instead of 82 relievers. Think the Clint Frazier type.
Counting Ryder Ryan (acquired from Cleveland Indians for Jay Bruce), Drew Smith (received from Tampa Bay Rays for Lucas Duda), and of course Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan and Stephen Nogosek (from the Boston Red Sox for Addison Reed), the Mets minor league system as restocked with a potentially potent, potentially disastrous (as is with the Mets) throng of relief arms.
AJ Ramos coming over from the Marlins may help a bit, but the Player To Be Named Later from the Neil Walker trade with the Brewers remains unproven.
Stay tuned for the next episode of 21st century Schmets.