Mets GM says Jacob deGrom unavailable in trade talks
Much has been made lately about whether the Mets should make ace Jacob deGrom available in trade talks. Whichever side you may fall on, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dumped cold water on the topic before the game last night.
We have certainly heard rumblings that teams have been checking on the availability of deGrom, most notably the Houston Astros.
The Astros have World Series aspirations and have a loaded farm system. The Mets need to get younger and strengthen the farm system. Seems like a perfect match, right? Well, Sandy Alderson pumped the brakes on that idea when speaking to reporters last night before the game.
“What do we do without Jake deGrom next year? This is not a tear-down situation. This is what I believe is a sort of [hitting] the pause button,” Alderson said.
You can definitely see where Alderson is coming from here. Injuries, especially to the pitching staff, have derailed much of the season and a healthy top three of Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and deGrom set the team up nicely going into next seasons (keyword being healthy).
A healthy Syndergaard and deGrom give the Mets one of, if not, the best one-two punches in MLB. At 29 years of age, deGrom still represents a tremendous building block for the team going forward.
The Mets will probably still gauge interest in Jacob, though, especially after seeing what the White Sox got in exchange for Jose Quintana. If the team continues to flounder it may be something worth revisiting if you can get a haul, but luckily it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen.
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DeGrom has been excellent this season and since being destroyed in Texas on June 6th, he’s been sizzling — pitching 47 innings while striking out 47 batters, walking only 6, and pitching to a meager 1.53 ERA.
The Mets have one of the best pitchers in baseball and Mets fans everywhere should be happy he’s not going anywhere.