Trade Talk Tuesday: Brandon Moss

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The Oakland Athletics looked like the best team in baseball for a large portion of last season. And then they got Jeff Samardzija… And then Jon Lester… Yet, when the postseason rolled along, they fell flat, losing to the Kansas City Royals in the Wild Card Game. Billy Beane abandoned his philosophy of keeping cheap, young, impactful players on the roster when he traded top prospects for Samardzija and Lester, in hopes that this would push them even closer to the championship. Obviously, this didn’t pan out, and now, it seems as though everybody on the roster has become trade bait. Beane has to fix his mistakes from last season.

Brandon Moss is a clear fit with the Mets, as his power translates perfectly to Citi Field. 21 of his 25 home runs from last season would’ve been out at Citi Field.

The Mets are in need of a corner outfielder, and they are also looking for a platoon mate for Lucas Duda at first base. The A’s really don’t have any weakness, but they could use another catcher and young arm…

Well, Brandon Moss fills both of those needs- he plays 1B, LF, and RF…

And the Mets, well, they have some catchers and just a few young arms.

Here’s my proposal:

Mets get: Brandon Moss

A’s get: Rafael Montero, Kevin Plawecki

This trade makes sense for both sides…

Brandon Moss is a clear fit with the Mets, as his power translates perfectly to Citi Field. 21 of his 25 home runs from last season would’ve been out at Citi Field. Not only do his skills fit well, but he is only 31 years old, and he won’t be a free agent until at least 2017, so he’d be locked up for a while. Moss’s advanced statistics also show how valuable he can potentially be. His OBP, SLG, and BB to K ratio were all above the MLB average last season.

Oakland appears to be a “perfect team” on paper, but really, there is no such thing. Derek Norris and John Jaso are average, or above average, catchers, but neither one provides great numbers and future production. Kevin Plawecki, the Mets star catching prospect, would fit perfectly replacing one of the two, either at catcher or designated hitter. Last season, Plawecki’s [minor league] stats were far better than those of Norris or Jaso. Plawecki is only 23 and could ultimately become a staple in the A’s lineup for years to come. Rafael Montero can either be used as a bullpen pitcher or a starter, but in either situation, he has star-level potential.

Take a look at what the Mets would look like if this trade went through:

C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Lucas Duda
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Wilmer Flores
LF: Brandon Moss
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Curtis Granderson

To me, this looks like a team that can compete for, and in, the playoffs. The lineup would receive a tremendous power boost with the addition of Moss, and the team overall would look extremely solid, to say the least.

Let’s just hope this deal gets done…

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