The Rest of the Roster
I don’t see the Mets doing anything drastic at this year’s trade deadline. Up until July 31st, we will hear about rumors involving Noah Syndergaard and other controllable pieces such as Wilson Ramos and Dominic Smith. The regular season isn’t always the best time to trade pieces you’re unsure about. During the winter, it would make a lot more sense.
Syndergaard is a prime player to get dealt this winter and I’m beginning to believe it could realistically happen. As a catcher, it’s also more beneficial for Ramos to join a new squad in the preseason with a full Spring Training available to work with the pitchers. In Smith’s case, I think the Mets want to know what he can really do at the big league level before they send him somewhere else.
The Mets have a few other possible trade candidates. Like the ones I already mentioned, I don’t foresee a deal getting done. Instead, I’m predicting another trade deadline where the Mets move the expiring contracts and nothing else.
One player who fits this description we would like to see the Mets move is outfielder Juan Lagares. Unfortunately, his large contract and poor play have made him unmovable. The Mets aren’t going to eat his deal in order to get a low-level prospect. It doesn’t make sense when his talent is deficient.
Sometimes at the trade deadline or during the hot stove season, we can get caught up predicting wild things. Expecting a team to take on Robinson Cano’s contract a half season into what looks like an epic fail is not happening. Even paired with talented players, nobody is going to make a move like that—this isn’t the NBA.
For the most part, we should expect the Mets to bank on getting something nice in return for Wheeler and anything of value at all in return for Frazier and Vargas. I do believe, unlike the past, they will target position players. As much as this bullpen needs arms, the failure to restock the farm in past trades which brought relievers like Jacob Rhame to Flushing should have them rethink their strategy.
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There’s a new regime in place and while the results haven’t been different, I am hopeful the selling strategy has some changes.