If only the New York Mets had a leadoff hitter so that Granderson could hit lower in the lineup. Oh, and find a way to improve the defense. Some more speed on the bases would be nice as well. Having a hitter above .300 wouldn’t look too shabby in the lineup either. Believe it or not, Mets fans, there is one player out there on the trading block who can solve a lot of these problems, and for the right price as well.
The last whirlwind of a week has included trade rumor after trade rumor, from Upton to Zobrist and back. But as always with the Mets, there are many hurdles that get in the way from the “Mets are interested” phase to getting a deal done. Whether it’s the unwillingness to pay for $2-3 million for Zobrist or lack of interest in Upton because they wouldn’t get a draft pick if he left, the team’s actual flexibility when it comes to making a trade is very limited. Parra, though, seems to be one player that matches up nicely with New York’s needs and shouldn’t come with any huge complications on the trading table.
At 28, Parra is enjoying one of his best seasons in the bigs. His .315 BA ranks 10th in the MLB and 6th in the NL. He has already hit 9 HR’s, one shy of his career high. A leadoff hitter for the Brewers, Parra has been one of the few bright spots for Milwaukee this year, and with the team openly selling at the deadline, Parra will be a piece Milwaukee uses to acquire some young minor league talent via trade.
The Mets have plenty of young talent that they would be willing to part with making this deal plausible.
Parra is owed less than $3 for the remainder of the season, after which he will be a free agent.
Although not a big-name player like Upton or Cespedes, Parra could not be a more perfect fit for the Mets. Acquiring him would allow the Mets to finally have a leadoff hitter, allowing Granderson, one of the team’s only threats as of late, to be placed in the middle of the lineup, where he can offer his best production. Parra would provide another pair of legs that can threaten to steal a base. Additionally, the two-time gold glover can play terrific in left field, and the Mets can use defensive improvements pretty much everywhere at the moment.
The more moves the Mets can pull off, the better. But if you add Parra and get d’Arnaud back (which should be at end of next week), the Mets lineup suddenly looks a whole lot stronger and deeper:
Parra, Murphy, d’Arnaud, Duda, Granderson, Flores, Tejada, Lagares.
Just to put into perspective the impact Parra could make, let’s look at how Parra ranks against the Mets in most offensive categories Parra would lead all Mets (with 100+ AB’s) in BA (.315), OBP (.353), OPS (.866), and WAR (1.6). He would be 4th on the team in home runs and tied for 3rd in RBI.
Chances are, the Brewers would be asking for somebody like Michael Fulmer (5-2, 2.17 ERA), and according to Matthew Cerrnone, the Brewers were scouting Fulmer last week. But the Mets should have no problem dealing him. There is also Brandon Nimmo, Reynolds, and Cecinni in the MiLB, all of whom the Mets are willing to trade.
Regardless of who would needed to be given up, this is a deal that Sandy Alderson should be looking to make, and has expressed interest in making. Joel Sherman, Marc Carig, and Jon Heyman have all reported that the Mets are interested in Parra, so as of now, it’s just a matter of time to see if the two teams can agree to terms on the minor leaguers within the next week.
The clock is ticking and the dreadful offensive performances are piling up. A trade must be made within the next week, and if Alderson is adamant on keeping his young star pitchers and acquiring a solid outfield bat, Parra is the way to go.