New York Mets: Mets got impressive talent from Kevin Plawecki, J.D. Davis deals

New York Mets. Kevin Plawecki (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
New York Mets. Kevin Plawecki (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Ex-New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki went sent to the Cleveland Indians while the Houston Astros sent infielder J.D. Davis to New York. Both deals mean the Mets have a great future ahead of them.

The New York Mets had a very busy Sunday. First they sent catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Clevelend Indians and then they acquired infielder J.D. Davis from the Houston Astros.

The Indians sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty.

In addition to Davis, the Astros also sent minor league infielder Cody Bohanek to New York. The Mets sent outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana, and catcher Scott Manea to Houston.

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Trading Plawecki makes sense for the Mets since there were questions about whether he would still fit with the team after they signed Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $19 million deal last month.

In addition, to Ramos the Mets have Travis d’Arnuad and Tomas Nido as catchers.

The Indians are excited about having Plawecki as Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti told the Associated Press:

"“We’re excited to add Kevin to our major league catching mix. The guy’s earned a reputation as a really good teammate, a good receiver and leads a pitching staff really well. We also believe there’s some upside with him offensively. We like his ingredients to hit and think he can be a contributing member of our major league team.”"

Last year, Plawecki hit .201 with seven home runs and a career-high 30 RBIs.

He also threw out 23 percent of potential base stealers and had two four RBI games. He will be a great addition to the Indians.

In return, the Mets got a great pitcher in Lockett, who was 5-9 with a 4.73 ERA and led the Pacific Coast League in starts(23), innings(133 1/3), and strikeouts(118).

As for Davis, he was drafted by the Astros in 2014.

Last year, he hit .342 with Triple-A Fresno to win the PCS batting title.

Davis broke into the majors in 2017 and over the last two seasons has slashed .194/.260/.321 with five home runs.

Last year with the Astros, he slashed .175/.248/.223 with one home run and five RBIs.

A MLB talent evaluator told Mike Puma of the New York Post that Davis deserves a shot in the majors.

"“He has never really had a good opportunity at the major league level. A good fastball can beat him, but he’s a good offspeed hitter. He has some swing and miss and can get a little long at times. Adequate defensively, maybe a step short. Great arm. Great young man that deserves an opportunity.”"

Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Davis is a ‘versatile offensive talent.’

Van Wagenen said in a statement. “He’s young, had success vs. lefties and he’ll provide depth at the corner positions.”

It’s no secret that the Mets are in a rebuilding mode.

They have had dismal seasons lately and are trying to become winners in 2019. The players that the Mets got in both deals are young and good and will help them become winners.

Now, that doesn’t mean that the Mets will make the playoffs this year, but the chances of them making the playoffs are better than they have been the last couple of years.

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