This offseason is going to be a big one. Not only do we have a non-mandate mandate to shed payroll, but we have a new head of baseball in Chaim Bloom and a creative, long-term oriented front office. We also have a superstar, one of the best in the game, on the last year of his contract and seemingly determined to hit free agency.
We can debate back and forth the merits of trading Mookie versus keeping him, or whether ownership should just suck it up and back up the Brinks truck for him. But, if we operate under the assumption that he will be traded, what would that even look like?
Well, I decided to go ahead and take a look at what big asks we could look at from a team. Now, the reality is we have no clue what a deal for Mookie could look like, because the current baseball climate is so unique. Teams are highly reluctant to trade their prospects for rentals, and like having as much team control as possible. That points to what would likely be a disappointing return for Mookie. However, a player the caliber of Mookie also doesn’t come available often, if at all, especially at the beginning of a season. To add to that, some teams have tons of prospect depth, some teams may be that one move away from winning it all, and some teams are desperate to just make any splash in an effort to show the fans they are trying.
So, with those premises in mind, I decided to compile a list of all the teams I could remotely see connected in some way to a Mookie deal, and put together big ask deals that I would love to see a team send as a return, based on what they have in their system. Again, it’s hard to say whether any team would make these moves, because moving Mookie is such an unprecedented decision. I tend to lean the direction of, we will be disappointed with the return we get for him, but all it takes is one team wanting to shake everything up.
So, here it goes. My asks from each team who may come calling for Mookie:
1.) San Diego Padres:
- Third lower piece (Campusano, Potts, Weathers, Cantillo)
- Third lower piece (Adolfo, Thompson, Dalquist)
- Third lower piece (Peters, Grove, Rodriguez)
- Third lower piece (Paredes, Solis)
- Toussaint/De La Cruz/Tarnole/Dean
- Third lower piece (Kilome/Szapucki/Smith/Valdez)
- 2 of Montero/Thompson/Torres
- 2 of Corry/Hjelle/Canario
- Fourth lower piece (Pomares, Toribio, Fabian, Labour)
- Third lower piece (Cantenero/Wallner/Enlow)