schillingfan wrote:What would a trade to the Mets do to Lugo's value? I'm not sure how they would feel about letting him run on the basepaths but the Mets offense is just crazy this year and would allow the rest of Lugo's numbers to keep up, right?
It would depend a ton on where he hit in the order.
1) He's not going to hit in this slot - Reyes owns the leadoff spot
2) Possible but the Mets really like LoDuca here. He's an outstanding contact guy that goes deep into counts and lets Reyes run.
3-5) Beltran, Delgado, Wright - 'nuff said
6) Floyd's spot when he comes back. I'm sure the Mets would rather have a power hitter here than a speed guy like Lugo
That leaves the 7th or 8th spot in the order for Nady and Lugo. Hitting that low in the order I'd say it would hurt Lugo's value quite a bit. He's also not likely to be running if there are 2 outs with the pitcher up.
However, if they did decide to put him in the 2 spot I'd say he'll probably break even. He'll probably run a bit less but he'll see a slight uptick in rbi's batting second and he'll probably see an uptick in runs based on surrounding lineup. He'll also see better pitches since Beltran/Delgado/Wright is scarier than Crawford/Baldelli/Huff. No offense to the DRays guys...it's just that Beltran/Delgado/Wright is probably the NL's best 3-5 combo.