The New York Mets don't want to mortgage their future when making a playoff push this year, and that means doing everything in their power to hang onto elite pitching prospects like Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.
Long-Term Deal For David Wright
But with David Wright expected to patrol third base at Citi Field for the next decade or so, Wilmer Flores might be the one top-quality prospect in the Mets' system they can deal for a key veteran at the trade deadline.
Flores, who is hitting .390 with 11 RBIs in 16 games for the Mets' Double-A Binghamton squad, played third base for the World Team in the MLB Futures Game and he's close to MLB-ready.
At just 21 years old, he's blossomed into a solid young player and he's not an inexperienced teenage prospect anymore. Flores was promoted to Double-A after hitting .289 with 10 homers in 64 games at Class-A St. Lucie, and he's gone 23-for-59 since his promotion.
The Mets are going to have to shell out some serious dollars to lock up Wright for the long haul, but he's the face of the franchise and you'd have to imagine the team is going to find a way to keep him in New York.
Let's be real here. Wright, at 29 years old, is a veteran leader and a fan favorite. He's easily the Mets' top drawing card and the team's most popular personality. He's not going anywhere, and you get the feeling he'll be a career member of the Mets.
Where Does That Leave Flores?
Wright staying in New York essentially leaves Flores out of a job. In the meantime, the 21-year-old been learning second base with the hope that a job will open up at that position.
Unfortunately for him, Daniel Murphy has been better than expected.
Murphy has been quite serviceable defensively at second base, and he is a legitimate .300 hitter who can get big hits in high-pressure situations.
With the Mets' second and third base positions locked up for the future, shipping Flores out to bring back a quality arm for the bullpen or a veteran left fielder may not be a bad option.
Veteran Options For The Postseason Push
The Mets could use a big bat like San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin or a nice arm in the bullpen like Minnesota Twins reliever Matt Capps.
Flores' value is at an all-time high, as he has been absolutely dominating at the Double-A level. Since he's so close to breaking into the big leagues, Flores is a highly-valued commodity and the Mets can get back a key puzzle piece in return for him.
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Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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