Mets Rumored To Trade Kelenic, Dunn In Blockbuster Deal

By Mets Daddy

November 30, 2018 No comments

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According to various reports, the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners are nearing completion of a blockbuster deal which would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets for a package including Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, and Justin Dunn. It is also possible the deal would include Gerson Bautista and cash considerations.

Kelenic, 19,  was the sixth overall pick from the 2018 draft. In 56 games between Gulf Coast and Kingsport, Kelenic hit .286/.371/.468 with 10 doubles, six triples, six homers, and 42 RBI. Baseball America recently rated Kelenic as the Mets fourth best prospect and projected he could be a five tool player at the Major League level.

Dunn, 22, was the Mets first round draft pick (19th overall) from the 2016 draft. Last year, he made 24 starts between St. Lucie and Binghamton compiling an 8-8 record with a 3.59 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, and a 10.4 K/9. He was rated by Baseball America as the Mets fifth best prospect. Potentially, Dunn could make the majors in 2019 as either a starter or a reliever.

The rumored last piece of the deal is Bautista, who was one of the three relievers obtained in the Addison Reed trade. Bautista struggled in his five appearances for the Mets last season, and he would also struggle in Triple-A. He would rebound during the Arizona Fall League going 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, and a 3.67 K/BB ratio in nine appearances.

Overall, losing two of your top five prospects is a big hit to a farm system which had made significant strides last season. It will be interesting to see which prospects replace Kelenic and Dunn on the top 10 lists. More than that, it will be interesting to see how this trade pans out for the Mets and the Mariners.