The New York Mets are unlikely to make a trade for Angels first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The Mets "do not love" the slugger and are thus doubtful to meet Los Angeles's asking price.
The Mets appear set to play either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda at first base going forward, with the other being traded. That means Trumbo would likely be an outfielder were he to come to New York. Outfield is a key need for the Mets moving forward. They finished 2013 with Eric Young Jr., Juan Lagares, and Andrew Brown patrolling for fly balls.
Brown was the best hitter among them with a 688 OPS, albeit in just 68 games after the team traded Marlon Byrd. Trumbo would certainly be an improvement on that. He would also provide a big power boost for New York that the team has been lacking. Byrd was the only player to crack 20 home runs in 2013, doing so before being sent to the Pirates. David Wright was the only other player to hit more than 15 long balls.
Trumbo has slugged 95 home runs in three full seasons, including a career high 34 in 2013. While his power is undeniable, the Mets may be turned off by his lack of other skills. Trumbo has not been great at getting on base in the majors, with a career .299 OBP. He is also not a good defensive outfielder, something the Mets treasure.
The Mets may also be unwilling to meet the asking price for three years of Trumbo. The Angels are expected to seek young starting pitching. New York is expected to hold on to their starters, especially with Matt Harvey out for the next year due to Tommy John surgery.