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September 14, 2021

Cubs

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Alvarez Minors C 67.6 54.1 67.6 81.1
Cano 38 Majors 2B 1B High 3.0 5.8 40.5 -34.7 -40.5 -34.7 -27.8
McCann 31 Majors C Medium 3.0 12.4 32.0 -19.6 -23.6 -19.6 -15.6

Mets

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Contreras 29 Majors C High 1.0 20.5 10.0 10.5 9.4 11.5 13.6
Wick 28 Majors RHRP Medium 3.5 8.6 5.5 3.1 2.5 3.1 3.7
3 Comments
  1. KXW //

    This is precisely how the Cubs should use their financial flexibility during the 2022 season, eating bad contracts and reaping top prospects. The Mets are likely fearing the day they have to start paying Robinson Cano again, and would look forward to being free of him entirely. Obviously, Cano has the full no-trade, but he may welcome a new change of scenery. The Cubs are hunting for a top tier catcher for the new core of their team, and Alvarez would join Brennan Davis as the undisputed top prospects in an increasingly deep farm system.

    Would the Mets do this? It depends on how desperate they are to free up money next winter. But the trade would certainly contribute to another competitive run in 2022. Contreras would slot into the Mets system comfortably, and Rowan Wick would add a valuable high leverage weapon to the bullpen.

    • John Bitzer

      I like the strategy for the Cubs. But the Mets have the richest owner in baseball, and by successfully staying under the luxury tax this year, they have less pressure to do so next year. They also have a lot of other contracts coming off the books. So I’m skeptical they’d prioritize giving up their top prospect to save a few bucks. Hosmer and SD seems like a more viable situation for that idea.

      • KXW //

        I agree that the Mets have the richest owner in the MLB, which is why I was puzzled when they worked so hard to stay under the luxury tax in a competitive year. It seems to me that the Mets still care about staying under the threshold, despite the buying power of Cohen’s wallet. We will see if the Mets value moving underwater salary this winter.

        But to your point, the Padres are a more likely target.

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