People keep saying that the Mets plan to acquire a heavy-hitting outfielder via trade this winter and use free agency to acquire a lesser outfielder of high OBP. This strategy is obviously to try to protect the first round draft pick next year, and I support it, but I just don't see the impact bat on the market.
The Marlins are letting the kids play right now and it will benefit them next year. They are hopeful that their young core will start to pay dividends soon and they have control over Stanton for the next couple of years and have no reason to deal him when they can go year to year. I'd be fully in favor of trading for him, but I'm not willing to overpay. The point is there's no reason to believe he'll be available for anything short of the Marlins' picks of our prospects.
The Rockies are just as close to contention as they've been for the last three years. If they didn't want to deal Carlos Gonzalez then, and they assume that their team is improving, they have no reason to trade CarGo and his team friendly contract away, even if we provide a young-pitching heavy deal. I'm not willing to overpay for CarGo either, as I'd rather wait to see what we have.
Besides Gonzalez and Stanton, are their any other options?