If you still think there is a chance the New York Mets could be trade deadline buyers, how is that oceanfront property in Kansas you bought doing? The Mets have shown no signs of life or fight. The team is going to sell at the trade deadline and one of their better chips is a great match for the three teams in the NL East competing this year.
Yeah, they could all probably find a role for Tommy Pham. Mark Canha wouldn’t be such a bad fit for any of those rosters either. It’s not them who should have the NL East contenders getting into a slap fight to acquire. It’s closer David Robertson.
David Robertson is a Mets trade chip that could stay in the NL East
A lot has gone well for the Atlanta Braves this season except for the closer spot. A.J. Minter and Raisel Iglesias have taken turns failing in the role. Acquiring an upgrade for the ninth is a necessity for Atlanta to capitalize on their regular season success and not waste this opportunity.
The Miami Marlins are a little less desperate to upgrade the closer spot. Another A.J., this one called A.J. Puk, has done well in the role. The Marlins picked up him from the Oakland Athletics in the offseason in what could turn out as one of the offseason’s savvier moves.
Then there are the Philadelphia Phillies who are entrusting the ninth inning to Craig Kimbrel often this year. They’ve been a little more closer-by-committee with Jose Alvarado getting his share of chances, too. We already saw them trade for Robertson last year and reap the benefits. Would they do it again?
Trading a rental within the NL East isn’t taboo. Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe to the Mets via Braves in 2015. Jose Bautista, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jason Vargas to the Phillies from the Mets in 2018 and then 2019. The weirdest trade deadline history of all: the Marlins sending AJ Ramos (what’s with all the A.J.’s?) to the Mets in 2017 when New York was in the middle of a fire sale.
What’s great about Robertson is he has also proven he can do more than close games. A successful setup man and right-handed pitcher against lefty hitters, he has some jack-of-all-trades qualities about him. He’ll end up somewhere before the trade deadline passes. Will it be within the NL East?