Jim Bowden, a former MLB general manager-turned writer for The Athletic, recently fielded a handful of fan-made trade proposals (subscription required) and addressed whether he thought the deals had any merit to them or not.
One of the proposed deals here is one between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets that will immediately give Jays fans reading it heartburn. No, it does not involve Pete Alonso heading north of the border, as great as that would be.
This one hurts to look at.
To kick things off, this deal is automtically further weakened by the fact that Luis Guillorme was just recently non-tendered by the Mets. He would not even be in play in this potential trade scenario. Heck, even if he was, the trade would be just as laughable. The slick-fielding utilityman has little-to-no bat to speak of and really wouldn't provide a whole lot of value to the Blue Jays anyway.
Vientos, a 23-year-old corner infielder, surely has a lot more value than Guillorme does, but to suggest a one-for-one swap of him and Berrios is borderline insanity.
Coming up through the Mets system as a 2nd-round pick in the 2017 draft, Vientos has quite a bit of power in his bat - something the Blue Jays do need to target this offseason - but it's difficult to see his overall value coming even close to Berrios's.
In 61 games last year in Triple-A, Vientos hit 16 home runs with 50 RBI, a .306 batting average and a ludicrous .999 OPS. However, his 65-game stint in the big leagues resulted in him hitting just .211 while striking out in over 30 percent of his plate appearances. Vientos is somewhat blocked on the Mets' depth chart by third baseman Brett Baty and Pete Alonso, so rumor has it that he could be moved this offseason. Again, doing so in a swap for Berrios just won't get it done.
Berrios, 29, is coming off of one hell of a rebound season in which he went 11-12 with a 3.65 ERA, 3.99 FIP and 116 ERA+. His numbers dramatically improved across the board from what was a down year for him in 2022. By the time the regular season came to a close, the right-hander was one of the best starters on an uber-talented rotation and is widely expected to be a major part of the starting five moving forward.
Seeing Berrios's rotation mate Yusei Kikuchi come up in trade rumors this offseason is to be expected. The southpaw is going to be a free agent after the 2024 season and feels like a regression candidate, so the Blue Jays sending him away while his value is at an all-time high feels like a legitimate possibility.
But Berrios? Not so much. The two-time All-Star is under team control through the 2028 campaign and has been a valuable cog on the Jays for the vast majority of his tenure on the club so far. Moving him in a deal like this would be unwise, and there's just no chance the Jays even let the Mets finish their sentence if they tried to propose such a deal.