Keith Law on Trade Possibilities for Ike Davis & Jenrry Mejia… and Wilmer Flores’ Speed

ESPN LogoAt ESPN.com last Friday, Keith Law took chat questions, including a trio on Mets’ trade candidates and potential returns.

 

Trade Talk
Ryan (Zona): On the theory that the D-backs are very average across the board, and that they can’t afford to buy players that are both above-average and reliable — might Jenrry Mejia be a good target in a trade of one of the AZ shortstops?
Klaw (1:09 PM): If I’m the Mets I’m happy to take Owings for Mejia, due to the latter’s injury history. Mejia has more upside, but who knows when he’ll be able to handle 160 innings without breaking down?

Chris Owings hit .291/.361/.382 in 61 MLB PA over 20 games last year. Playing in the ridiculously thin air in Reno in AAA, he hit .330/.359/.482 with 31 doubles and 12 homers in 125 games as a 21-year-old.

Jeff (NY): What’s a realistic return for Ike Davis? Should the Mets combine him with some of their pitching depth to get a better return?
Klaw (1:32 PM): Probably something similar, another out-of-favor player but at a different position.

Ryan (PA): If the Mets do get Thornburg for Davis, is that a good return?
Klaw (1:52 PM): Meh. I think you’d like to get more than a reliever for Davis, but given Davis’ performance the last two years that might be about right.

Speed
Andrew (NY): Rumor is Wilmer Flores is adding some quickness and speed in fitness camp. How do you feel about him as a prospect if his defense at 2B improves?
Klaw (2:14 PM): He’s adding quickness? Cool story bro.

20 comments
Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

The truth is, you CAN add quickness. By slimming down. Keith Law tells it how it is, which I like, but he's often wrong much of the time.

flushed
flushed

I wouldn't believe these were actual Keith Law quotes without a heavy sardonic and condescending flavor to them. Apparently people can't improve, I guess Olympic athletes that dedicate their life to fine tuning their bodies for a sport are wasting their time because some pencil neck has already set limits for them from a desk somewhere.

kyLE
kyLE

Even if you're not a fan of Klaw he's pretty much right across the board here while not saying anything outrageous either.  

Daniel
Daniel

"He's adding quickness? Cool story bro" 


LMAO he's not buying that for a second....

thenymets
thenymets

Wtf kind of unprofessional response is "cool story bro" to a perfectly valid question...


That one response literally made me lose all respect for Keith Law.

lotus1209
lotus1209

Mejia for Owings? I wouldnt do it. Owings doesnt have the same type of upside as Mejia as Law just pointed out. The only SS i give up Mejia and plus for is Castro. 

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

Who gives a $hit about Keith Law 80 % of what he says never happens.

arc34
arc34

That is 30 seconds I won't get back.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Actually, that response says everything you need to know about Wilmer Flores. He's slow and has incredibly small range in the field. He is no more viable at second base than Daniel Murphy, and that's best-case scenario. I just want Flores to get a chance at first base full-time.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@thenymets Players don't "add speed" by going to fitness camp. How many players have ever gotten faster as they got older?

wmayshays
wmayshays

@thenymets 

I'm already there bro.  KLaw acts like a pretentious a$$ in almost every story/interview. Do your self a favor and skip his BS, it's not like he is often right either. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Mets would do a swap for Owings in a heartbeat. Dealing from strength for a severe area of weakness. Makes all the sense in the world. Plus he's young and under control. I just think AZ would want more, but I'm not them, so who knows what they're thinking.

wmayshays
wmayshays

@lotus1209 

If Mejia fills his potential watch out, if not that's fine, just don't give up yet.

But Owings would be a nice addition.

vtmetsfan
vtmetsfan

@Joe Kurioo My other comment got caught in moderation because I initially called him a d!ck, but he totally is one. That last comment is such a snide thing to say. 


This guy is a professional baseball writer and acts like it is such a pain in the ss to take questions from us lowly fans.

The Feels
The Feels

@Zach Ripple He's too slow for second defensively and too light a hitter to profile as a 1st basemen, either. 

flushed
flushed

He's in his early 20's...he could absolutely start training one way or the other; he could pack on mass and concentrate on first base, or shed weight work on speed and agility while he concentrates on 2nd base. It won't make a huge difference either way, but it certainly matters.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@Zach Ripple - I respect your opinion.  But pitching wins Championships... I want them to keep all of this pitching depth for years to come. (Maybe Mejia becomes a long reliever if he can't handle more than 160 innings.)

For a proven SS, I would be more open, but the young players that haven't done much.  It's hard to trade away cheap and talented pitching for these guys.

Just look at Pennington as a comparison for a SS lacking power.  He hit .270 in the minors, and hasn't done jack since. He is a .240 major league hitter.

I will even give you that Owings hit .290 in the minors, and may hit .270 or better I the majors.

But Owings, has very little power potential, and unless he is the second coming of Omar Vizquel, then what does he really bring to the table that's work young pitching?

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Brendan McGarvey@The Feels@Zach RippleYeah but what does 2nd and 3rd look like. and 1st wRC+ is 110


2nd:

257.316.376 wRC+91

3rd:

256.317.398 wRC+97


For why Cecchini and Rosario are ranked high without tremendous batting lines:

SS:

.254.308.367 wRC+ 85

Brendan McGarvey
Brendan McGarvey

@The Feels@Zach Ripple  MLB  1B  only hit  .254/.332/.430  last year. It's not the huge offensive position it used to be in the age of pitching...


Flores might lack the  HR  power of a  1B,  but I think he can put up that line and then some...