When it comes to her persecution of J.T. Realmuto, as the Mets choose their bait, will determine their fate. In light of this, the Wheeler dealer rookie general manager sent an interesting message to the Marlins and other potential trading partners on Wednesday:
The core is sacred.
How holy we will soon discover.
We have a core group of guys, "Brodie Van Wagenen said when Jeff Wilpon and Mickey Callaway joined WFAN's Mike Francesa over 90 minutes. "… We are starting to look at a fairly long runway to be competitive. If we want to remove one of these guys from a big league, we do not want to make holes elsewhere. That's why I'm talking about being an additive and not pulling away pieces. "
Van Wagenen has performed the core of the Mets and identified seven players with three or more years of control: new acquisitions Robinson Cano (five years) and Edwin Diaz (four), and Seth Lugo (four), Robert Gsellman (four), Amed Rosario (five), Brandon Nimmo (four) and Michael Conforto (three).
The last three names are particularly relevant as this trio was discussed in talks with the Marlins for Realmuto, Miami's all-star catcher, who clearly wants to trade. While the Mets seriously consider Nimmo the centerpiece, as Joel Sherman of The Post reports, they do not seem to be open to trading with Conforto, who revived his career with a strong second half in 201
"We like his speed. We like his power, "Van Wagenen said of Rosario. "He has a high engine, as we call him." He also likes the idea that Rosario and Cano join together in the middle, says Van Wagenen. Rosario benefits from Cano's experience and Cano draws energy from Rosario's high engine.
"He's like [Jose] Reyes was back in his heyday, and he'll continue to improve," said Callaway of Rosario. "He wants to learn. He wants to be better. He can play every day.
"… The next year will still swing a little bit and miss. There will still be a persecution. But he is getting better and that's what you want to see from a young player. … I think the sky is the limit for him. "
Van Wagenen affirmed:" I think we have too many left-handed bats in the middle of the lineup to have no right to compensate for that, "and therefore a left-wing Nimmo trade against right-wing realm could be tastier; The managing director has contact with the Free-Agent Center Fielder A.J. publicly confirmed. Pollock, who beats right-handed and could replace Nimmo.
Commenting on the historic fall of the Mets last year, Callaway said, "What hurts us the most is when we lost our catchers [Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki] in successive days. … The catcher is, as we all know, a huge position, and we are taking this into account this winter. "
The Marlins have countless applicants for the 27-year-old Realmuto, who was free from the agency two years before the liberation (and was represented by Van Wagenen until the Mets hired him from the CAA), and they showed a dislike however, exchange it within the National League East. Nimmo as a centerpiece may not be enough, especially because the Mets have weakened their farm system through trading with pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielder Jarred Kelenic to Seattle as part of the package for Cano and Diaz, and therefore do not offer many secondaries
Yet Van has Wagenen quickly made his tenacity clear. The Mets seem to be right in the mix for Realmuto until the situation settles with Realmuto, where the Mets catch someone else or try on a Mets uniform to Realmuto.
With Mike Puma