|Mets should go after Snyder
Mets get: Chris Snyder
Diamondbacks get: Nick Evans and Eddie Kunz
Why it should happen:
While Snyder has been sidelined with a lower back strain, Miguel Montero has been a house-of-fire, batting .380 with five homers and 14 RBI in July. He's been so good that Snyder may be relegated to a bench role when he returns from the disabled list later this week.
"Snydes is still rehabbing so I still have a few days to mull over what I'm going to do, said manager A.J. Hinch. "But he's (Montero) certainly staked his claim to significant playing time."
Snyder, 28, just signed a contract extension with the Diamondbacks over the winter. He's owed a little less than $1.5 million for the rest of 2009, $4.75 million in 2010 and $5.75 million in 2011. His contract includes a club option in 2012 for $6.75 million, with a $750,000 buyout.
Meanwhile, Brian Schneider is in the last year of his deal with the Mets. The Mets have no real major-league ready catchers in their system, as Josh Thole, while batting .337/.405/.441 with Double-A Binghamton, is still fine-tuning his skills as a backstop. There isn't much hope among impending free agents (Bengie Molina, Ramon Hernandez, etc.).
Snyder would give the Mets a young catcher with fine defensive skills (he has thrown out 32.7% of would-be basestealers in his career and managed a perfect fielding percentage in 2008), who projects as a 20-homer guy from the right side of the plate with a full season of at-bats (.737 career OPS).
As for the Diamondbacks, they would get a 21-year-old power bat who has crushed lefties to the tune of a .919 OPS in the minors. He could contribute at first base or the outfield as soon as this season. Meanwhile, Kunz is a supreme groundball pitcher (67.4% in the minors), who can ably step in if the Diamondbacks decide to trade Jon Rauch and/or Chad Qualls. Considering how much Snyder is being paid, the Mets might not even have to give up this much.
Will it happen?
Probably not before the deadline, but Snyder is sure to be dealt before next season.