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Grading the Mets 2019 trade deadline moves they did and didn’t make

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 31: Marcus Stroman #7 new pitcher of the New York Mets warms up in the outfield before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 31, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 31: Marcus Stroman #7 new pitcher of the New York Mets warms up in the outfield before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 31, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 02: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen talks to reporters during batting practice before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The New York Mets weren’t committed buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, instead choosing to upgrade at one position in two separate deals. What grades do these deals deserve?

Following a surprisingly active Trade Deadline for a team half the league had written off for the rest of the 2019 season, the New York Mets managed to flip the script on every expert, analysis, and naysayer who doubted them.

On Sunday July 28th, just days before Wednesday’s Trade Deadline, Brodie Van Wagenen acquired Marcus Stroman in a shocking turn of events which resulted in the Mets shipping off top pitching prospects, LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods Richardson to Toronto.

The following night, the Amazin’s acquired Double-A catcher, Austin Bossart in a deal that closed the chapter on veteran Jason Vargas’ time in Flushing as he was moved to division rival, Philadelphia.

Nonetheless, Van Wagenen’s interesting purchase at the Deadline sent shockwaves throughout the league, leaving many to question the Mets status as true sellers, October dreamers, or legit contenders for postseason baseball.

This move, in addition to the news that Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz, and Zack Wheeler were all on the trading block, created an added layer of suspense toward what moves the front office felt they could make to possibly salvage their 2019 season and plan for 2020.

Meanwhile, to make matters even more exciting, the Mets record continued to improve.

Still, the decision to add Stroman and retain their premium trade piece does not seem to be in keeping with the usual housekeeping (way of operations) fans are accustomed to from the wary Mets. Then again, this has not been the typical year for the orange and blue. The reason, however, is clear; and the ‘agent turned GM’ was very aggressive in his pursuit to make deals during the Trade Deadline.

The only question is: Did Brodie Van Wagenen do enough?

Now that the dust has settled, we can finally examine the Mets roster and offer honest critique and commendations.

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