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NY Mets Trade Rumors: An even bigger blockbuster trade with the Cubs

Mar 22, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (left) and third baseman Kris Bryant against the Los Angeles Angels during a Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (left) and third baseman Kris Bryant against the Los Angeles Angels during a Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Mets trade rumors bombshell! We didn’t think we’d see any of these in August with the trade deadline now three weeks in the past. However, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic revealed an interesting piece of news relating to what could have been.

The Mets’ biggest trade deadline move was the acquisition of Javier Baez and Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Pete Crow-Armstrong. According to Rosenthal, this trade could have been even bigger.

I have two words for this and I’m going to censor them: holy cow!

As far as Mets trade rumors go, this one is devastating to see now happen

Imagine if this actually happened. Contain yourself. Bathe in some cold water to settle down.

There weren’t any Mets trade rumors quite as amazing as this deal that never happened. To add Kris Bryant and another MLB player in the deal while giving up another prospect and an MLB player would have been an outstanding move by the Mets. I’m not sure if it would have completely saved them from slipping out of first place. Crawling back to the top might have been easier.

We can only speculate as to a few names floated around. The other MLB player the Mets could have gotten is probably a lower-level guy. Maybe a reunion with Jake Marisnick or an arm could have made sense.

The real intrigue comes into what the Mets would have given up to make this deal happen. The other prospect would have undoubtedly been a big deal. The Cubs have previously shown interest in Francisco Alvarez. I would think any of the other big names, Brett Baty, Matt Allan, or Ronny Mauricio, could also make sense.

As for the MLB player, J.D. Davis is certainly the one that makes a lot of sense but the same could be said of Jeff McNeil. I’m not quite sure what the Cubs’ intentions are. Place either on the Cubs and they feel like offseason trade bait—unless of course, they plan to spend big soon.

So why didn’t this Mets trade happen?

Well, we can point the finger at Jacob deGrom—or at least his health.

Knowing things might not work out for deGrom’s recovery, the Mets reportedly balked at the idea of this blockbuster deal. I can understand why. There’s little reason to overextend when you lose belief in your team even after adding pieces like these.

This does raise one question for me: if deGrom was healthy and pitching, would we be cheering on Bryant every night?

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If these Mets trade rumors were close to happening, it signifies the front office is ready for a major change to the offense. Adding Baez certainly hinted at such. Come wintertime, I’ll be curious to see how active this club is in the trade market or whether they plan to build more with free agents they may have missed out on in July.

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