Since the Sandy Alderson/Steve Cohen regime took over, building and maintain a strong farm system has been a priority. A minor league system ravaged by Brodie Van Wagenen over the course of two years, it doesn’t sound like this month’s Mets trade rumors will include the names of any of the franchise’s best young players yet to reach the majors.
This is good for the team’s future, but what does it say about their 2021 direction?
What kinds of Mets trade rumors can we expect if the best prospects are unavailable?
Just because guys in the top ten might not be available doesn’t mean the Mets are without quality young players to move. A guy like Carlos Cortes, who seems to have become more than a guy itching to climb into the organization’s top 15, might intrigue teams looking for future help at second base or the outfield.
Other guys playing well this year with their future position blocked are potential trade chips. Before Tylor Megill became a necessity to the major league club, he seemed like a pretty good name to see appear in July Mets trade rumors.
It’s those guys who seemingly came out of nowhere or at least raised their stock that could help the Mets acquire some nice pieces this month. Southpaw Andrew Mitchell is already 26 and maybe not too valuable on the trade market yet some club could view him as a near-ready reliever for their club. Mitchell has been nothing but successful during his time as a professional pitcher.
Because the Mets prefer to have their farm system a little more inflated than a Tom Brady football, their ability to acquire star-quality talent is immensely more difficult. This doesn’t leave key names out of future Mets trade rumors. Guys on big contracts and possibly even a few more affordable rentals are all possibilities.
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I’m intrigued by what this Mets front office will do at the deadline because of how unflashy they have been to this point. Not all of their moves have been hits but each has been logical. With no need for a superstar addition, we’ll have to wait and see how the team pulls off adding quality talent without sacrificing too much of the future.