05/31/2013 02:09 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2013

Realistic Mets Outfield Trade Targets, Part 3: Gary Brown, Michael Taylor, and Joc Pederson

Previously, Part 1 and Part 2 of this series explored targeting arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration-eligible outfielders, respectively. Due to some well-intentioned clamoring, Part 3 will now explore acquiring either blocked prospects old and young, or formerly-touted minor leaguers who've seen better days.


At the 2011 trade deadline, the New York Mets almost acquired Brown as the centerpiece in the Carlos Beltran trade instead of Zack Wheeler. Considering the Mets' lack of hitting prospects even then, Brown would have been a welcome addition. In 638 plate appearances at High-A, the right-handed hitter posted a .925 OPS with 14 home runs and a whopping 53 stolen bases. Yet, his 7.2 percent walk rate was a major red flag; a lacking skill set John Sickels lamented about before the the rest of this article on Amazin' Avenue.