The Mets have made it clear leading into the winter meetings that the top two players they are willing to trade are Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Both are left-handed hitting corner outfielders who are on affordable contracts that expire after the 2017 season.
As we’ve learned time and time again, though, just because the Mets want to trade a player doesn’t mean that another team wants to trade for him. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has learned that the Mets would be willing to trade a younger, more controllable asset if that’s what it takes to improve the team. Specifically, Michael Conforto—who was previously thought to be off limits—could be mentioned in trade talks.
Sherman notes that the Mets would love to protect their farm system and young players since they dealt so many prospects away while racing for the National League pennant the last two seasons. However, finding bullpen help has become top priority, especially now that Jeurys Familia is expected to miss some time with a domestic violence suspension in 2017.
The only player who is certain to not be dealt is Ahmed Rosario, the 21-year-old top prospect who hit .341/.392/.481 as a shortstop at Double-A Binghamton in 2016. The Mets view him as a future cornerstone, and he could even help the big league club in the near future.