Anonymous Scout is at it again - whether it's comparing Matt Harvey to Mike Pelfrey, running down Wilmer Flores or saying Zack Wheeler is a failure, Anonymous Scout always has interesting opinions. The latest, from Bill Madden's column in the New York Daily News:
Still, as one scout who’s followed the Mets a lot this season told me: “I’m sure those clubs could really tempt the Mets on Parnell — the Red Sox with the outfielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., and one of their top pitching prospects like (Rubby) De La Rosa, but that remains to be seen, and if they want to be able to compete next year, as they say they do, there’s no way they can trade him.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/madden-teams-stock-mlb-trade-deadline-appraoches-article-1.1392606#ixzz2YUn1kOO1
Hmm. Can we put on our blinders and hope that this scout actually has a credible Red Sox source that suggests that not only would the Red Sox would part with near-ready consensus top-30 CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.923 OPS at non-PCL AAA) but also a "top pitching prospect" for Parnell?
Surely not - I can't imagine that the Mets would not leap to sign the papers on a Parnell for Bradley Jr. straight up switch. A top pitching prospect would just be gravy. Are closers still that valued by clubs or is this guy just a blow hard?
I think its the latter and the proof may be in the second part of statement: "if they want to be able to compete next year, as they say they do, there’s no way they can trade him."
Really? Would the Mets really be worse off in 2014 with Bradley Jr. in CF and Rubby de La Rosa as the closer and/or in the rotation? I'd have to say the opposite - if they want to be able to compete next year there's no way they can pass up an offer like a young well-regarded OF and a solid pitcher for Bobby Parnell.
Sorry, Anonymous Scout and sorry, Mets fans. I don't think this one is going anywhere.