javy knows my name wrote:Cubswin11 wrote:Transmogrified Tiger wrote:If you can make a deal for DeGrom using Happ and Almora and basically any reasonable permutation of minor leaguers, that's realllly hard for me to turn down. Especially with Bote looking at least LaStella-caliber with the bat, you can add a bench OF too and shift more of Zobrist's innings to the OF without losing too much. If Bote isn't for real you lose the super-duper depth of position player even if you add Harper for 2019, but DeGrom is very, very good.
This is my thinking as well. Bote seems to be able to replace Happ within reason and this might be Almora’s peak year which is plenty fine but a 2-3 WAR OF isn’t that hard to find/replace (like I mentioned Maybin as an in season replacement). I also am just not a huge fan of Almora’s profile long term in terms of ever being much more than a 2-3 WAR player. Plus it opens things up for Bryce in the OF in the offseason and doesn’t make a Happ/Almora trade a forced trade in the offseason. Then you maybe also look to add a bench bat that’s RHH and capabale or playing CF in the offseason.
Does Happ even start in the Mets outfield when Cespedes comes back?
None of Nimmo/Cespedes/Conforto can play CF with any level of ability, so yes. They'd probably be best served by Cespedes/Almora/Happ/Conforto all sharing time across the OF and moving Nimmo to 1B. Happ could also help out at 2B/3B once they have no use for Todd Frazier or Cabrera anymore, since Cecchini is the only longer term option and he hasn't shown he can hit yet.