Last week the question of trading Mets top prospect Wilmer Flores was once again discussed here in the comments of another recent Flores story. Specifically, reader MDMETSFAN asked, "Could the Mets possibly trade him for an outfield prospect of similar ranking? If so, any ideas on who that would be?" It's a good question, and it's worth delving into a bit for a few reasons. First off, after batting a resurgent .311 with an .855 OPS in his first run at Double-A in 2012, the 21-year-old Flores clearly declared that he's almost here. His current .857 OPS in the Venezuelan Winter League doesn't hurt, either. It's not unrealistic to suppose he'll be ready to help the Mets at some point in 2013 — maybe before September. As has always been the case with Flores, however, his defensive value is less than ideal. He never morphed into the shortstop we hoped he'd become a few years back. He's passable at third base, though, so the idea that he'll only survive at first base or DH isn't accurate. Yet, with the assumption that David Wright is on the precipice of a long-term deal that keeps him manning third at Citi Field for years to come, Flores doesn't quite fit. First base is obviously locked up pretty well, too, and with Flores's footspeed — or lack thereof — the outfield is out of the question. There's the idea of shoehorning him into second base, though he'd be a cross-your-fingers project on par with Daniel Murphy this past season, if not worse. That leaves us with the idea broached in the question. Perhaps the Mets' most glaring weakness right now is in the outfield. You could deal Flores for a veteran-type, but that doesn't really jibe with the current regime's long-term view. So is it not a more efficient use of assets to see if Flores might equate to an equally promising young prospect who might also address that weakness? For the reasons we've just discussed, it makes at least some sense from the Mets' point of view. But what about the other side of the transaction? Well, frankly, it would be a tough sell. That's because even if you could find someone rich in outfield depth, looking for infield support, it's not as if Flores is a slam dunk at any particular infield position. But just for the sake of discussion, let's say you've found some teams willing to bite on the idea of Flores as an offense-first, long-term answer at third base. You're now looking for another strong young hitter — make that outfielder — who is nearly major league-ready and is valued roughly on the level of Flores. John Sickels placed Flores firmly within his latest top 100 prospects at number 76. So who are the players that the Mets should target?