The New York Mets have been one of baseball’s more active teams at adding players this year via trade. That’s what putting almost your entire starting lineup, a good portion of your bench, and many of your starters on the IL will cause you to do.
Transactions aplenty this year, we shouldn’t get used to it. The Mets are in a fortunate position where their trade deadline needs may not break headlines.
In fact, if they can get everyone back and healthy, it might be hard to find anything the Mets can realistically do to get any better.
Mets already have the depth and won’t lose much of it before the trade deadline
Depth. Depth. Depth. You can never have enough of it. It’s the one spot we can agree that in most summers could use a boost.
I don’t think this is the case for the 2021 team. Their replacement players performed admirably for them during the injury-ravaged month of May. Many have remained with the ball club and several of them still around have the minor league options available to go back to Syracuse as needed.
At every position, the Mets have a place they can turn. This could always change if a major injury occurs and suddenly a temporary need becomes a lot lengthier.
There won’t be any Mets trade rumors involving superstars, will there?
Sadly, for those hoping for some big July splashes, you might be sorely disappointed with what happens this July. It’s a bit of a bummer. I like the trade deadline because of all of the possibilities. Which prospects would the team willingly sell to help themselves get better this year? Who will be the new superstar player calling Flushing his baseball home?
The Mets have chips to move. Down on the farm and even on the big league roster, there are young tradable pieces. The problem is finding a realistic spot where they could and should upgrade.
Third base looked like a strong possibility for the longest time. However, J.D. Davis has hit when healthy and the one guy we all thought would be available, Kris Bryant, is playing on a competitive Chicago Cubs team this year.
Even the bullpen, a spot where teams can always use a boost, is jam-packed with high performers in 2021. What planet is this? The Mets bullpen is supposed to stink every year.
It’s a good problem to have. These players don’t come for free at the trade deadline. They cost a bit of the future.
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This July might be one of the least exciting for the Mets as far as transactions go. They made their moves in the offseason to protect the franchise and avoid having to overpay when all of the contenders are looking to buy.