June means we’re one step closer to the MLB trade deadline at the end of July. With it comes a lot of excitement about what teams can do to improve themselves. The New York Mets have been the subject of plenty of trade chatter already this season. Having pulled off two semi-notable deals in May, fan bases all across the country have put together packages to “help” the Mets.
I put the word help in quotes because of the robbery that’s actually taking place in many of these trade proposals put together by fans. On a personal note, I hate putting together fictional trade packages because of my lack of knowledge about other farm systems. It’s silly for me to just look at a prospect ranking and know his value to the organization.
Unless you follow the minor league players on the Mets closely, you’re probably not going to put together a decent offer. I stay away from those types of deals because I’m walking into it naked.
Bad Mets trade deadline ideas are a part of the fan experience
Don’t get me wrong; I like reading about different trade ideas people have. It says something about the person. I know whether or not I can trust them with a child.
How confident are they in the team whose cap they wear? How much knowledge do they lack about other franchises? Do they need help?
Mets fans are as guilty of it as anyone else. The trade deadline brings out the homers in all of us. Suddenly, Kris Bryant is only worth a scrub reliever and a low-level minor leaguer even if he’s having a terrific year.
Fans fall way too in love with prospects they have never actually seen play. It’s a yearly tradition and not just contained in Flushing.
Other teams also suffer from this overjoy for their own minor leaguers and lack of respect for big leaguers on other teams. The Mets just happen to be in a position to buy so this summer should include more trade proposals asking for the best prospects heading to Citi Field in exchange for ill-fitting players on expiring or bad contracts.
Injured Mets players are coming back so keep your trash to yourself
Something I don’t think too many people have considered with these early trade proposals to the Mets is exactly what it is they need. The problems facing the team right now are only temporary. Why in the world would they give up a top ten prospect for a guy that in one month suddenly becomes a bench player? Brodie Van Wagenen is long gone.
July is a wonderful time of the baseball year because of all of the possibilities and speculation. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And it’s incredibly uninformed.
One doesn’t need to look much further than some other recent trade deadline deals to realize how cheap some of the best players in the game can be. It rarely takes a sure-fire future All-Star prospect to land an impact player in July. Usually, a couple of lottery tickets can get the job done. For a lesser player, the price is typically far less and might not cost much more than shedding a salary.
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Fans of non-Mets teams take note: injured players are returning and dumb trades are not needed.