Jonathan Lucroy should be high on the Mets’ radar, even if it means parting ways with Zack Wheeler.
The New York Mets currently sit at 34-28 which is good for second place in the NL East, five games behind the Washington Nationals. It is no mystery that the Mets are struggling to score runs without the long ball. They sit seventh in the league in home runs but 28th in total runs scored.
This lack of offense certainly has to do with the fact that they have been bitten by the injury bug as of late. Key players missing significant time due to injury include David Wright, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud and Juan Lagares. This has called for other guys to step up, which they have not done.
The Mets were in the same situation last season before they made a deadline deal in which they acquired Yoenis Cespedes. This year, it has to be Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers. Lucroy is batting .307 with 9 home runs and 30 RBIs for the Brew Crew, who are looking to deal him before the deadline.
According to the New York Daily News, the Mets should be huge buyers due to the fact that d’Arnaud has not shown the ability to stay on the field at a consistent rate. Kevin Plawecki has been given a golden opportunity to play everyday and show what he has, but he has not been able to make anything of it. Veteran René Rivera is a good leader and bench player but will not produce enough to play everyday despite his defensive excellence.
The question is this, will giving up Zack Wheeler be worth it? Absolutely. Coming off Tommy John surgery, no one can predict what Wheeler will become. He has had control issues before surgery and his velocity might be down when he returns. On a team with four ace pitchers, the Mets can afford to give one up to get a good defensive catcher who can provide some length in the lineup.
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