Mets: Three ways Brodie Van Wagenen can screw up the trade deadline
Another Marcus Stroman-type trade
The moment Marcus Stroman joined the Mets in 2019 there was a debate about the merits of the deal. Did the Mets give up too much to get him?
Well, as it turns out, they did.
Stroman pitched two months for the Mets in 2019. It looked like they would get him for at least two more in 2020 until an injury and an opt-out changed everything. He’s now a pending free agent after this season ends and very likely to find a new home somewhere else.
The strategy in adding Stroman was creative. The Mets looked like sellers in 2019 but decided to buy for the 2020 season in advance. A lot can happen between the end of July and April of the following year. While it’s a risk taken in all trades, I’m not confident this is the right strategy to go with especially with all of the uncertainty in our world right now.
Anything the Mets might do at the 2020 trade deadline should be focused on this year. If they buy, it should be about this year’s postseason. If they sell, it should be about moving players on expiring contracts that they do not believe are coming back in 2021.
This means not overpaying for anything. Regardless of how they feel about the legitimacy of this year’s championship, this team cannot give up too much to try and win now. The rest of the roster doesn’t suggest to me that they have the gusto to pull it off.
And that seems to lead well into our final way how Van Wagenen can screw up the trade deadline. Say goodbye to the farm system!