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Mets: What is the team’s direction following the trade deadline?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 02: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets celebrates with Wilson Ramos #40 after pitching a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on May 02, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 02: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets celebrates with Wilson Ramos #40 after pitching a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on May 02, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 24: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on July 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Now that the MLB trade deadline has come and gone, here is a breakdown of what we can expect the New York Mets to do going forward.

The New York Mets were one of the more active teams at the trade deadline this season.

After weeks of speculation regarding what direction the team was going to take going into the deadline, whether or not they would be buyers or sellers, and which players were they considering dealing away, the deadline has finally passed and the dust will finally begin to settle.

In a surprising move, the Mets made a big splash acquiring the Long Island Native All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays, despite the fact that their record was under .500 and were expected to be sellers.

To free up a spot in the rotation, New York went on to deal pending free agent Jason Vargas to the rival Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league catcher Austin Bossart, a move that appears to be mainly a salary dump.

However, despite what felt like endless speculation, both Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard both remain members of the team, which is especially surprising on Wheeler’s part because he is a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

New York also elected to hold onto third baseman Todd Frazier, who is also in the final year of his contract with the club.

But as things stand now, the Mets find themselves in an interesting spot. Despite their struggles this season and the fact that they are only a handful of games below .500, the team is still “in the mix” for a spot in the Wild Card game, and now have a better rotation coming out of the deadline then they had going into it.

Beyond this season, they will also have some important decisions about much of their team’s personal and which actions to take over the course of the offseason in order to make a meaningful postseason run in 2020.

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