Brown: Mets Traded Three Prospects For Keon Broxton ... Let That Sink In

Jake Brown
May 17, 2019 - 2:19 pm
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Update: After the publication of this column Friday, the Mets designated Keon Broxton for assignment. Click here to read more.

Keon Broxton ended Thursday’s loss to the Nationals striking out swinging with the bases full down a run.

The 29-year-old outfielder has been nothing short of atrocious at the plate this season, and hasn’t done much in the field that would make him a worthy late-game defensive replacement, either. In fact, he essentially cost the Mets a game when he missed catching a ball in San Diego.

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In 49 at-bats this season, Broxton has just seven hits and two RBIs with no homers. He’s got an anemic .143 average, .208 OBP and .371 OPS. The best thing he’s done is have four stolen bases. Outside of that, he’s done nothing and looks overmatched at the plate. On Thursday, he once again swung and missed through fastballs like he doesn’t belong in the majors. He has had trouble even making contact throughout the season.

When speaking to the media after Thursday's game, Broxton felt the need to blame his season-long poor performance on Mickey Callaway and the Mets for his lack of playing time.

Hey Keon... tough luck.

This is the big leagues. You’re getting paid handsomely to play baseball for a living. If you can’t produce when your name is called, then you aren’t going to make it. The whole thing with Keon and his puppies was cute and all, but this is Major League Baseball, not Instagram.

On top of that, the Mets traded THREE prospects to the Brewers to get Broxton! THREE!

They traded relief pitcher Bobby Wahl, who could have been part of the bullpen down the road. Wahl has been out so far this season with a knee injury, but saw a bit of time in September last year with the Mets in Queens. They traded starter Adam Hill, who has pitched pretty well in Single-A, putting up a 3.31 ERA in six starts. They also traded 18-year-old infielder Felix Valerio, who is still a ways away.

Keon Broxton walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
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Three prospects all to get an outfielder who hasn’t hit a lick, and came here after a season where he hit .179. When it first happened, the trade already made little sense knowing that there were other directions the Mets could have went.

They should have signed Adam Jones for a few million bucks, who is off to a terrific start with the Diamondbacks, hitting .276 with nine homers and 25 RBI. I had so many people look at certain stats and his age and tell me that Jones wouldn’t make sense for the Mets. How stupid do they look right now?

How awful of a trade does this look for Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen? It’s time the Mets bite the bullet and designate Broxton for assignment. With Michael Conforto hitting the 7-day IL with a concussion, Broxton might have caught a break to get another week in the big leagues as a backup. It wouldn’t help the Mets one bit keeping him, though. DFA him and cut your losses.

This was originally going to be about Carlos Gomez needing to get called up from Triple-A Syracuse. But once Conforto went down, Gomez was essentially a no-brainer, and he is now getting called up to join the Mets in Miami. Gomez should be starting, not Broxton.

Gomez returns to the Mets for real this time. The 33-year-old outfielder started his career with the Mets in 2007 and nearly came back in 2015 when the famous trade that didn’t happen left Wilmer Flores crying in the infield. As we all know, the trade never happened due to the Mets' concerns over Gomez’s hip. Gomez was hitting .270 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 35 games at Triple-A this year, so he has undoubtedly earned a chance to get some spot starts here and maybe spark the 20-22 Mets.

This team desperately needs that spark, because Broxton’s fuse has popped.

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