At the end of the day, the Mets could not stand by and let the most active trade deadline in history pass them by. They needed to make a splash move.
Despite having nearly a 60% chance to win the NL East (a number that was even high at the trade deadline), the rest of the division did not throw in the towel.
The Phillies added a starting pitcher and reliever in Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy. Both players addressed major needs. The Braves also added a slew of power outfielders (including Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Peterson, and Adam Duvall) to pivot in the wake of Ronald Acuna’s injury.
National League teams including the Dodgers, Padres, Brewers, and Giants also made major moves as they position themselves for World Series runs. It is quite clear the competition is steep.
The Mets needed a player like Baez to keep pace with the other NL powerhouses. While losing a top prospect like Crow-Armstrong certainly hurts, the fact that Mauricio could cover the club’s future positional needs lightens the blow. The fact that PCA also recently underwent major surgery the season after losing an entire year of minor league competition to the COVID pandemic makes the trade feel even more sensible.
The most charitable view on the deal is that the Mets made a great move. However, even critics should recognize that New York did not err in their most recent blockbuster.
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