Bold idea that I like the Mets to try, is getting Salvador Perez from the Royals. The boldest part is getting Danny Duffy in the deal for Perez. Why? To save us from giving up to much prospect wise.
Catching is a desperate need. Yes you have Realmuto and James McCann on the free agent market and yes, you can pay up for them. Most risky about getting them, is adding a over 30 catcher for multiple years. Perez, is 30 and has one year left on his deal at $13M.
After missing the 2019 season due to injury, Perez came back and was outstanding for the Royals. In 2020 he played 37 games, collected 1.9 bWAR and hit .333/.353/.633 with 11 homers. That is outstanding.
To get him, without giving up to much, is adding a bad contract. Danny Duffy is owned 15.5 mil in his last contract year. He is coming off a year were he pitched to a 4.95 ERA. Not great and costly. Over his last three seasons he has been below average. In 2019, he was solid with a 4.34 ERA and a ERA+ of 110. Obviously he isn’t worth the contract, but that’s why you save up on the prospect. You can still slide in Duffy as the fifth starter behind Jake, Peterson and hopefully Stroman or Bauer.
The Royals needs to eat some of the money. The better prospect they want, the more they need to give the Mets. Still overall the Royals would get ride of a lot of money and can get a decent prospect (depending on how much money they give the Mets).
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