This is an ongoing series as we enter the peak of the trade season, looking at the various internal options that each team may turn to should they trade a given core player. We've already covered possible replacements for Jose Reyes, J.J. Hardy, Carlos Pena, and Ryan Ludwick- more names will come over the next couple weeks.
When the Mets signed Carlos Beltran nearly seven years ago, they probably weren't anticipating that his contract would culminate with a big sell-off. Heck, they were probably expecting to have a pennant or two by now as well, but you guys have probably heard by now about how those endeavors are going. And with new people thinking at the helm for New York, the club appears to be trying to push itself in a new direction, one based more in efficient spending and strong player development.
So with management slowly overhauling the roster with an eye on contending in a couple years, and Carlos Beltran looking like a likely casualty, who could replace the star as primary right fielder for the Mets this year, and possibly beyond?
- Fernando Martinez: Part of this is just my general curiosity, but I really think that the Mets need to see what exactly they have in Martinez. Once regarded as one of the best center field prospects in the game as a teenager, Martinez has since filled out a great deal and now projects as a fringe average corner outfielder defensively. Even as injuries and physical maturation have devolved Martinez from a potential five-tool star center fielder into decent Triple-A prospect, he still retains some intrigue given that he's only 22 and he's usually performed alright with Buffalo. If Beltran is gone, the Mets will clearly be throwing up the white flag- in that case, why not give Martinez a shot and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle?