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Mets: Five players likely to get traded prior to July 31st deadline

By Chris Rocco
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /
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With the New York Mets on pace for 90+ losses, it is probable there will be trades prior to the deadline. Who goes?

The 2018 New York Mets are trade deadline sellers. Again.

For the second straight year, fans will endure a summer not of love, but of seeing familiar faces wear the orange and blue for the final time. While not everyone will depart Flushing, some key players will.

Who are the most likely Mets we see traded before the July 31st trade deadline?

#5 – Zack Wheeler

The New York Mets have gotten a pleasant surprise from Zack Wheeler this season. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise abysmal season, Wheeler has put together an excellent stretch of starts since the beginning of May.

His recent play has him in the midst of trade talks and has proven that he is capable of being a middle of the rotation starter. Wheeler has seen an uptick in velocity and has developed a nasty splitter that is causing all sorts of trouble for batters. His fastball has touched nearly 100 mph, something he hasn’t seen in his entire career.

Despite his bloated 4.36 ERA and ugly 2-6 record, Wheeler has been much better than what the statistics show (As of 6/5). High doubts were cast upon Wheeler prior to the start of the season due in large part to his history of injuries and lack of staying healthy, but he put the doubts to rest with his impressive 2018 thus far.

Wheeler really hasn’t been in trade talks until just recently when the Mets seemed to have shied away from trading star pitchers Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard and instead, turning their attention to pitchers like Wheeler and Steven Matz.

If the Mets were to actually trade 28-year old Wheeler, they must be sure that the upside outweighs the risks. Wheeler’s recent play might not be a fluke, instead, he might just be a late bloomer. The Mets front office must ask themselves: Are the 2019 Mets better with Wheeler and his unpredictability, or are they better with the potential return they could get?

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