The All-Star Break is in the past which means MLB trade rumors producing fewer whispers and more action. We saw the Atlanta Braves add Joc Pederson on Thursday.
According to Jeff Passan fresh off awkwardly berating Stephen A. Smith for his stupidity on ESPN, the Braves are unlikely to be the only buyers to join the New York Mets this month. Both the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals are expected to join us in pursuit of bettering out ball clubs.
Strap in, Mets fans. There is an abundance of MLB trade rumors coming our way this month to know. These extend beyond just Flushing.
Upcoming MLB trade rumors could swing drastically in the next week
Two weeks from now, the trade deadline clock hits midnight and teams will no longer have as many options to improve their roster. As the Mets sit in first place with a not-so-comfortable lead, it makes sense why these other three NL East rivals will also be buyers.
The Braves had already reportedly been a team noted to have no interest in trading Freddie Freeman this summer courtesy of Jon Heyman. Adding Pederson secures this information. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of their trade deadline actions even with Ronald Acuna Jr. out for the rest of the season.
The Phillies and Nationals have yet to do anything major, but that could change very quickly in either direction. That’s not to say the Braves are fully committed to competing this year. A big losing streak from any of these three teams over the next few days could change what they decide to do at the deadline.
At least according to Passan, the momentum they have in mind sends them to the buyer’s side of the line.
For the Mets, this means a few things. The increased competition and potential bidding wars they may get into at this trade deadline could involve some longtime rivals. If I’m the seller talking to two of these clubs, I’m making it well known that I’m in trade discussions.
Most importantly, this means the Mets cannot sit around waiting for guys to break out of slumps or get healthy. They can have some faith Michael Conforto finds his swing or that Carlos Carrasco’s rehab goes smoothly. However, to put all of their eggs into these baskets fixing their issues would be a mistake.
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The Mets look poised to pull off some big trade deadline moves over the next two weeks. The most recent MLB trade rumors say they’ll have some company we know far too well.