#3: A weird, weird, but realistic trade package
Admittedly, this would never happen. However, its possible, especially if the White Sox don’t want to part with top prospects, and if the Mets want to continue to try to win now.
Carlos Rodon, the White Sox ace, would be the headliner in the deal. The 2013 first-round pick has had an up-and-down major league career to this point, but is an established frontline starter with still high upside. I don’t think that Rodon would ever be available, at least not in 2018, but hypothetically, the Mets would be replacing their number two starter with another two.
Secondly, a trio of first round picks would round out the deal. First would be Jake Burger. The 2017 11th-overall pick missed all of 2018 with a ruptured achilles, but has major potential as a 30 home run hitter at third base. The injury is a red flag, but everything else checks out.
Next is Zack Collins. The 2016 first-rounder is the White Sox catcher of the future. Although Collins has struggled a bit in his minor league career, he has a ton of power behind the plate, and has stayed at the catcher position. Collins isn’t far away from the bigs, and will likely start 2019 in Triple-A.
Finally, Carson Fulmer would be the wild card here. The White Sox 2015 first-rounder had an absolutely horrible 2018 season with the White Sox, leading to a demotion in May, which resulted in Fulmer not seeing the majors for the rest of the season. Fulmer still has at least a little bit of upside given his first round pedigree, and maybe that’ll be enough for the Mets to take a chance.