Although the MLB trade deadline is still over a month away, that hasn’t stopped New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson to start fielding offers now for his players. With a slew of pending free agents for the Mets, its never too early to start thinking ahead.
As the club has struggled to find any sort of consistency this season, they currently find themselves sitting 9 games below the .500 mark and 12 games back in the mediocre NL East.
New York already seems to be looking towards next season. Per, ESPN’s Buster Olney, the team looks to be serious sellers before the July 31st deadline, labeling them as “open for business”.
Although I’m not opposed to it, I find it quite surprising that Alderson has his ears open this early on. After all, it is only June. I would have expected a report such as this one to surface around the All-Star break.
However, there is no shortage of rumors. The Mets’ name has already been thrown around in multiple conversations with reports of a possible Jacob deGrom trade and the Asdrubal Cabrera drama. Alderson may find himself as a busy man for the next month.
At this stage of the year, unless the team can put together a 2002 Oakland A’s-like winning streak, this season is over.
The Mets will most likely look very different next year. Come this offseason, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes can all sign elsewhere with nothing in return for the Mets. That is why if the right deal presents itself, it will definitely be worth it to make an exchange. At least then, you get something back.
A team who is in playoff contention and lacking veteran presence (i.e Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers) may offer a decent deal. If that is the case, I think you have to pull the trigger.
Nonetheless, if Alderson thinks it is in the best interest of the team to blow it up and start it fresh next year, I see nothing wrong with that. After all, the team is on pace to lose 90+ games.
This should shake up to be a very fascinating month for the Mets. Hopefully all of the trade drama that is to come will get our minds off the disappointing product on the field.