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Mets: Three objectives for Brodie Van Wagenen in the second-half

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 21: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a seventh inning two run home run against Brian Dozier #9 of the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on May 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Add Something Special to the Farm System

Van Wagenen has only a few weeks to trade away some veterans and add to the farm system. His first offseason included some notably bad trades. Will he be able to make up for it with a good one or two ahead of the deadline?

As sellers, the Mets shouldn’t expect to steal much away from other teams. In their franchise’s history, the 2011 trade which sent Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler is by far the best seller move they’ve ever made. Recently, they’ve struggled to get anything noteworthy back at all in the deals they made.

A big reason for this is the Mets are moving mostly veterans on expiring contracts. These aren’t the most desirable pieces. The story is pretty much the same in 2019 with Wheeler standing out as an above-average starting pitcher who could bring back something special.

In terms of trades, this is what Van Wagenen must accomplish. He doesn’t need to land a future Hall of Famer. Any players he acquires in trades don’t even need to make their major league debut for a few more years.

Van Wagenen needs to win a deal. It doesn’t need to happen now or in the near future. Someday, however, we need to look back at this summer and realize the general manager stole a prospect away.

As a franchise, the Mets haven’t done a whole lot of that. Van Wagenen needs to buck the trend. For his own sake and the organization, it’s time to rewrite the narrative.

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