The New York Mets don’t have anything spectacular to trade this summer, which is perfectly fine because none of the best prospects appear available either.
At this time of year, fans of the MLB trade deadline get to know the best prospects in baseball a little better. The New York Mets should be doing the same thing. Clearly headed in the direction of sellers, it’s their duty to see which prospects out there may be a match.
To do this, the Mets need to understand what they are willing to trade and where the teams with the best young talent are in the standings.
Unfortunately, the 2018 season doesn’t offer a perfect trade deadline. Many of baseball’s best prospects play for losing ball clubs. Those who don’t are often referred to as untouchable. It doesn’t matter how much ground they need to make up. The Atlanta Braves are not trading Ronald Acuna and the Washington Nationals will hold onto Victor Robles with all of their might.
A little deeper down the top prospect lists and we see several San Diego Padres, more Braves, and a good mix of players representing other non-contenders. Barring some kind of major shift, MLB teams will have a tough time finding a “can’t miss” prospect available at the trade deadline.
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As a result, many may sit on the trade block past the deadline.
Much of the Mets trade chatter has been about whether or not they deal Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. Many New York Yankees fans have put together hypothetical packages with what they think deGrom is worth.
It’s a little different with the Yankees because many of their best young players have already graduated to the big leagues. Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar are the two specific players they could deal, but as each has become essential to their 2018 success, why would they?
Even for a pitcher of deGrom’s caliber, they are only weakening themselves elsewhere by making a move.
The trade deadline is still a fun time of year. Each season, it’s tough to envision blockbuster deals occurring. The addition of the second wild card allows more teams to consider themselves buyers, which takes away some balance.
Still, big deals always go down. We may even see more trades in August like the Justin Verlander from last season. However, for any of those transactions to take place, it will require someone with an “immovable” contract playing below their worth.
The Mets aren’t landing any highly-regarded prospect this summer. Rest assured, no one else is either.
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Instead, look for deals containing multiple young players at the lower levels with potential to swap uniforms this July.