Moises Sierra and John Stilson for Daniel Murphy and Cory Mazzoni
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Rickie Weeks for Lucas Duda
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If this happens...Lucas Duda isn't anything special, and back in November I even said that the Mets should keep Ike Davis and trade Duda. But, at the same time, Rickie Weeks is a worthless baseball player. He's been really bad for the past two years. I seriously hope that the Mets don't try to use him to fill their hole at second base (given Murphy is traded of course). I'd actually rather have Murphy than Weeks, and for me to say that, you know it's serious.
Jordy Mercer and Vin Mazzaro for Ike Davis
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Mercer was pretty good last year and can be the answer to our shortstop woes. At least until either Gavin Cecchini or Dilson Herrera come up in a few years. He isn't a star by any measure, but he's solid, which is better than the production the Mets got out of that position in 2013. Mazzaro is a good reliever, and should be able to help in pressure situations. Without Justin Morneau and Garrett Jones, the Pirates only have one first baseman: Gaby Sanchez. I'm comfortable giving up Davis here because the Mets will be getting back two quality pieces, and can still replace Davis with Satin.
Kole Calhoun for Carlos Torres and Andrew Brown
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The Angels are in need of pitching, because that was the main reason why they didn't make the playoffs last season. Torres was pretty good for the Mets both out of the pen and in the rotation, so it will be tough to give him up, but the return is worth it. Much like Mercer, I'm not going to sell Calhoun to you as a star player, because I don't know that yet. But, he certainly is young at 26, and was really good in 58 games last year. He had a good amount of power, and he's a pretty good defensive player. He's a fan favorite, and has the ability to be a staple in any lineup for a long time. And he can definitely replace our ginger quota now that Justin Turner is on his way out.
Those are only a few of the moves that the Mets can strike, and all, save for the Weeks massacre, will improve the roster not only for 2014, but for the future. It's not out of the question for Sandy Alderson to put together some surprising deals such as these. It's going to be fun to track his activity over the next couple of months leading up to Spring Training.