Saturday, April 20, 2013
Mets top prospect's injury kills rumors
By Doug Mittler
A report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News last week had the New York Mets monitoring the Miami Marlins' situation with Giancarlo Stanton, and looking into Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. If any such plans even existed, though, they'll have to be put on hold.
This speculation fueled plenty of Big Apple talk-show chatter as to whether the Mets would be willing to make a big splash to address a gaping hole in the outfield. But any deal would likely cost at least one of the club's top prospects and certainly more than that in the case of Stanton. Right-hander Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d'Arnaud are among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball -- both rank in the top 15 on Keith Law's Top 100 -- and in theory would be a good starting point to land such a talent.
Except d'Arnaud just can't seem to stay healthy -- he's missed huge chunks of time with various injuries in recent seasons (knee, thumb) -- and suffered a fractured bone in his foot Wednesday that will keep him out for up to two months, per John Jeansonne of Newsday.
Another thing to consider is the Mets’ minor league depth. Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post notes the rapid development of young hurler Rafael Montero could give the Mets more flexibility to trade for an outfielder. In his first two starts at Double-A Binghamton, Montero allowed two earned runs in 16 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and, best of all, just one walk.
As for the latest on Stanton’s availability, Peter Gammons tweeted recently that the Marlins are “not interested” in dealing the star outfielder.