With the dog days of summer upon us and the All Star break rapidly approaching comes a fantasy baseball managers favorite time of the year, trade rumor season.
In a recent article by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, he outlines the Houston Astros’ major interest in New York’s stud starter Jacob deGrom stating, “In a perfect world — and in an indication of how high they’re shooting — the Astros would love to add Mets ace Jacob deGrom, but there is no indication New York would even consider moving their one reliable starter who still has three years of arbitration control.”
I hope I can speak for every Mets fan when I say there better be no indication that the Amazin’s are willing to move on from deGrom. While it’s been a dark season filled with injury and disappointment, that does not mean its time for the Mets to blow the whole operation up.
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The Mets need to put their World Series aspirations on hold for the moment, but not forget that the team is still constructed and has the ability to win now. If the club were to move on from the ace, who as Verducci outlined still has three years of arbitration left with the Mets, it should be taken as a sign of the organization giving up and yet again going back into a long-term rebuild mode.
Besides the fact that they would be effectively waving the white flag, the stud right-hander might be the biggest key to the Mets future success.
We must not forget how much deGrom gave the organization in their 2015 postseason run, picking up two wins in the NLDS while posting a 1.38 ERA, and then later on in the NLCS giving the Mets a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Chicago Cubs with his performance is Game 3. DeGrom showed in the fall of 2015 that he is a big game pitcher and will not hesitate to take the ball and pitch his guts out when the team needs it.
While it is highly unlikely the Wilpons and Sandy Alderson would be willing to move on from old reliable in deGrom, this article has sparked up the thought, what would it take for the Mets to part ways with one of their core pitching pieces?
As a fan looking at the Mets current situation I would stand by the idea that deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are virtually untouchable at the moment and for the foreseeable future. But what about Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Matt Harvey? How does the organization currently view them?
Maybe they are all also untouchable at the moment, or maybe they’re value is too low right now for the organization to consider even moving an arm. But if deGrom’s name is already floating around the league, it certainly isn’t crazy to speculate others are as well. What it all boils down to is the ultimate question that neither you or I can answer. Heck, I don’t know if the Mets brass could even answer this question yet. What would it take to move them? In the coming weeks, it’s possible we may know.