The New York Mets could have an active winter making trades. If any of these three are dealt, fans might celebrate.
New York Mets fans are loyal, sometimes even to a fault. You give a Mets fan one memorable game and you may win them over for a lifetime.
So, when Mets fans are ready to move on from a player, he probably did something to deserve it. Or in many cases, he wasn’t doing nearly enough.
I think a lot of people expect some major changes to the Mets roster this winter. A part of these changes could be saying goodbye to some familiar names. These three Mets are under team control next year, but a good number of fans are ready to see them put on a different uniform.
For the sake of realism, I have left off Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz off of this list. Instead, I’m looking at more realistic possibilities.
Steven Matz never did reach his full potential. Each year seems to be more disappointing than the last. This past year reached a new low. Thankfully, the season was over after 60 games.
Matz isn’t necessarily a trade candidate as much as he is someone the team could non-tender this winter. I understand the year was funky. However, to still go 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA, there’s no excuse. Matz was downright awful to watch in 2020.
The 2021 season will be Matz’s final under team control. The relationship is obviously coming to a close. This winter, if many Mets fans have it their way, the team will move in a trade even if it means taking a prospect nobody has high hopes for.
The Mets wouldn’t get much back at all for Matz. One year of control plus a career-worst campaign doesn’t help. Add in that he’s arbitration-eligible and will probably get paid more than his production deserves, the Mets will have an impossible mission to get anything of value back.
We can dream, though. As long as it doesn’t end the same way things did with Travis d’Arnaud, I think Mets fans are ready to move on.