Since the New York Mets are set to be sellers at the trade deadline this season, it’s time to start thinking about where they can unload some players. One of the best options may be a blockbuster trade with the Texas Rangers.
Back in 2011 at the MLB trade deadline, the New York Mets dealt All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants in return for Zack Wheeler. At the time of the deal, he was one of the game’s best pitching prospects.
Now, almost 8 years later, after an “interesting” career with the Mets, full of highs and some very low lows, Wheeler is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season, meaning that he is now one of the team’s biggest trade chips.
The Mets went into the All-Star break with a record of 40-50. This put them fourth in the NL East Division and well out of playoff contention. As a result, it is safe to say that the team did not live up to the expectations that they entered the 2019 season with.
With many of their pending free agents putting together solid seasons, it wouldn’t make sense to hold onto them for some ill-fated hope that the team could rebound and rally over the final two months of the season and some how sneak into the post season.
While it isn’t what fans were hoping the Mets would be doing at the trade deadline this year, the best course of action for New York is to trade away their expendable talent and help to restock the farm system and better prepare the franchise for a bid for the World Series in the future.
However, it’s not just about trading away these players, but rather for the right deal in order to get minor leagues with a higher ceiling. This often means trading away multiple assets in order to sweeten the deal.
It also means finding a team that needs what the Mets have, and have players that the Mets could want, and in this proposal, that team is the Texas Rangers.