This afternoon, the Mets addressed the outfield for the first time this offseason, dealing third base prospect Jefry Marte to the Oakland A’d in exchange for outfielder Collin Cowgill.
Cowgill, 26, has now been traded in each of the last two-offseasons. Just a year ago, he was dealt from Arizona to Oakland in the Trevor Cahill trade. He has spent the past two seasons splitting time between Triple-A and the big leagues. In 116 plate appearances last season, Cowgill had a .269/.336/.317 slash line with one home run, nine RBI, and three stolen bases. He also played 60 games in the minors, hitting .250/.307/.366 with four home runs and eight steals.
This isn’t the flashiest move, of course. However, I think they will get a reliable utility outfielder who can play all three positions. In his minor league career, Cowgill has played 212 games in center, 63 in left, and 136 in right. He also brings some speed to the table. In 229 games as a full-time player in the minors in 2010 and 20011, he stole 55 bases. Another thing we can expect from Cowgill is the ability to get on base. He has a .371 career on-base percentage in the minors, and has consistently put up good walk rates.
Marte, who the Mets gave up in the trade, has faded the past few seasons. Once regarded as one of the Mets’ best prospects, Marte has fallen off the map. The power that was supposed to develop hasn’t. He has been rushed up the ladder pretty quickly, playing in Double-A at the age of 21 this season. He hit just .251 with nine home runs and nine steals. He is no longer considered a prospect really, making this deal fair for both teams.