2) NY Mets made indie films, not summer blockbusters at the trade deadline
The moves the Mets made at the MLB trade deadline made some waves yet they hardly sounded the alarms. None of the other teams would have been wise to run for cover. The Mets got better, just not significantly so unless those additions all get used properly.
Say what you will about the Mets’ trade deadline strategy, they did get better. It would have benefitted them to add another bullpen arm and possibly getting a slightly better bat. The Daniel Vogelbach/Darin Ruf duo still needs to stand the test of time.
Mets fans figured, with the team in full win-now mode, that at least one of the major prospects would get dealt for an additional bat. Would they upgrade the catcher spot with Willson Contreras? Was Josh Bell headed to New York?
There were a ton of options. When the clock struck 6pm and there was only a slim chance of more trade deadline news to flow out from reporters, fans were left scratching their heads. This was like knocking the bad guy off a balcony and when you go down to check on him, he’s gone.
Results are what ultimately determine whether or not the trade deadline moves were the right ones. We’ll need a bit more time to know for sure whether the Mets missed or hit it big.