Around 11 minutes after the trade deadline, it was announced that the Mets made a deal. More details began to emerge as we approached 4:30. The team, which was looking for catching help, has acquired Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers.
More Catching Help
Chirinos has been lackluster offensively this season. He is just 5-42 this season with no homers and two RBIs. Chirinos is coming off of back to back breakout seasons, averaging 17 home runs and 62 RBIs. This season has been a bad one for Chirinos, that goes for his defense as well. His defensive runs saved is at -2 and that is with playing only 105 innings. Chirinos is under contract for the rest of the 2020 season and has a club option for the 2021 season. If the Mets do not exercise that option, they will owe Chirinos $1 million.
The Todd Father is Back
Separate from that Chirinos deal is former Met Todd Frazier. The 34-year-old first and third baseman is hitting .241 on the season with two homers and seven RBIs. At first base, Frazier has not made an error this season and has defensive runs saved of zero, incredibly average. When he played third base, he has made two errors and has defensive runs saved of -1. When he played third with the Mets, Frazier had a defensive run saved of five in 2018 and -3 in 2019. Frazier has a club option for the 2021 season and if the Mets choose not to exercise it, the Mets will owe $1.5 million.
Assuming the return was not too much, this would be good low-risk Mets trade. The Rangers will receive two players to be named later. Frazier was is a great clubhouse guy that can produce. If Chirinos can produce to end this season, he could be a good starting candidate next year. If not, the Mets will not exercise either option and go about other options.
Extra Reliever Support
A final deal came in around the same time as the Chirinos deal. Unlike the Chirinos deal, The details of this trade have been fully reported. The Mets have acquired Miguel Castro and Cash from Baltimore in exchange for number 12 prospect Kevin Smith. Along with Smith, the Mets will be sending a Player that is currently unknown to Baltimore. Castro has a live arm with a lot of swing and miss stuff. He has a sinker that sits at around 97 miles per hour and has good movement. Though he’s a sinkerballer, his ground ball percentage is 48.6% and he has an ERA of 4.02.
More details to come on the Mets trade deadline deals.