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Mets Trade Deadline Predictions: Who goes where and who stays in Queens

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 22: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 22: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 26: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets is greeted in the dugout by his teammates after leaving a game against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Who will the New York Mets trade and where will they go?

July is a month for baseball trades. Once again, the New York Mets are in a position to sell.

Like the last two summers, those on expiring contracts will get shopped. Unlike the 2017 and 2018 seasons, we’re hearing more about those controllable pieces also going onto the table. Many rumors have spread and predictions have been made. It’s time I made a few of my own.

Rather than focusing on what the Mets will get in return because I feel like that’s a futile effort, my emphasis is on who goes where. The picture should become clearer as we near the end of the month. For now, I’m just another guy trying to find a logical destination.

Zack Wheeler to the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros do not want to come out of this potential dynasty stage of their franchise with only one championship. They lost for many years to come away with more than a single parade. Adding Zack Wheeler to the rotation may help them accomplish this.

The amazing thing about the Astros is just how terrific their rotation already is. Unlike other teams hopeful to land Wheeler, they could probably survive without adding a starting pitcher.

Instead of looking at it that way, I see them as a team who could get by with Wheeler instead of one of the other marketable starting pitchers available. I don’t see him as a game-changer. Wheeler is a great third or fourth arm to have and this is exactly what Houston needs.

Most helpful of all to Houston, they have a farm system deep enough to get a deal done for Wheeler. He looks like a prime candidate to turn his career around for the better, too, once he puts on the uniform. For several seasons now, the Astros have acquired pitchers with talent. Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, and this year, Wade Miley, have all stunned us. Even Justin Verlander looks revitalized.

Because they have the talent to get it done and I don’t see the Wheeler asking price going exceedingly high, Houston is my pick.

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