The Dodgers are reportedly willing to offer shortstop Dee Gordon and top pitching prospect Zach Lee to the Mets for R.A. Dickey? Should the Mets pull the trigger? Will it help the team as presently constituted?
John Harper of New York Daily News reported the potential trade package on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. Dee Gordon was the Dodgers' top prospect until he made his debut in 2011. The right-handed starter Zach Lee is currently their No. 1 overall prospect.
You may have heard Zach Lee discussed a lot around the trade deadline this past July. The Dodgers were able to pull off acquiring Hanley Ramirez, and then added Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett all without giving up the top prospect in their farm system.
The 24-year-old Gordon began 2012 as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop and leadoff hitter. He struggled at the plate hitting just .228/.280/.281 with 32 steals in 303 at-bats. Those numbers were a far cry from his debut in 2011, when he hit .304/.325/.362 with 24 steals in 224 at-bats.
Lee, 21, was taken 28th overall by the Dodgers in the 2010 draft. Lee pitched well in his first pro season going 9-6 with a 3.47 ERA. However in 2012 he had a bit of a down year, going 6-6 with a 4.39 ERA and a 103/32 K/BB ratio in 121 innings between Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga last season.
I’m not so sure that a deal like this would be very beneficial to the Mets. Lee does not fill a pressing need for the Mets right now. He is a high-end pitching prospect, but the Mets need to add a bat and have been shopping Dickey for an outfielder or catcher. The one thing the Mets would gain in this deal is youth. Dickey is old enough to be Lee’s father, so in that regard the Mets would be getting younger in their rotation.
As for Gordon, he would fill the Mets need for a lead-off hitter, but his addition would require a corresponding move. The Mets could put Gordon at second and deal Murphy, but Alderson would have to know he could trade Murphy for something he needs in order to make the deal worthwhile.
In any other year an offer like this would be very enticing. It just so happens that shortstop and starting pitching are two positions the Mets are not looking to fill at this point in time.