Whether it be in a hypothetical blockbuster for star Shohei Ohtani. Or, possibly dealing him after it looked like Carlos Correa was going to take over third base for the Mets.
Now, the 23-year-old has reportedly been wanted by Mets division opponent, the Miami Marlins.
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New York Mets’ Brett Baty has had the Marlins interested:
This recent buzz came from Jon Heyman of the New York Post late last night. He shared the following scoop.
“The Mets may be big spenders, but they remain committed to the idea of building from within long term. While Francisco Alvarez, and especially Brett Baty, don’t seem to have a very good chance to crack the Mets’ packed roster, the team is reluctant to trade them.
The Marlins tried a couple times to acquire Baty, both before and after the Mets’ Carlos Correa deal fell through. The Marlins were prepared to offer one of their young starters (Edward Cabrera or Jesus Luzardo).”The Mets are not keen on trading Alvarez, per the NY Post.
Considering that, from Heyman’s report, the Mets were adamant about keeping Baty even with Correa in their plans shows that they do clearly value the young prospect. This vision dates back to the summer when the Mets refused to move Baty, Alvarez, Mark Vientos, or any of their other top prospects at the trade deadline. It is not only encouraging that the Mets want to build a young core but logical to have some cost-controlled players with the heaving spending from the last two offseasons.
In the end, the Mets are taking the right approach by declining trades for Baty. He is the exact type of player they should be looking to build this team around. Baty is the Mets’ second-best prospect per MLB Pipeline. The left-handed bat has size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and can hit for both contact and power. Also, in the field, while his defense could use some seasoning, Baty has a strong arm. We got to see 11 games of Baty with the Mets late last summer, and while there were struggles, he also showed his potential that the Mets are wise to keep.