Re-grading all 6 Mets trade deadline deals from 2023

How are these deals looking months later?

Jul 26, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Justin Verlander (35) and Max
Jul 26, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Justin Verlander (35) and Max / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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5) The Mets trade Tommy Pham to the Diamondbacks for Jeremy Rodriguez

We all spent July of last year trying to figure out what the Mets could get back for hot-hitting Tommy Pham. An injury near the trade deadline might’ve ruined some of his value. However, the Mets still managed to come away with a guy many of the scouts are high on, Jeremy Rodriguez.

Pham had a very up-and-down time with the Diamondbacks with some extreme highs when they needed him most. He was the perfect addition to their lineup. The attitude he brought with him and outspoken veteran leadership seemed to be what they needed to make it to the World Series.

As a rental, the Diamondbacks got everything they could from this deal already. They’ll have to enjoy his .421 batting average from the World Series for what it was.

The Mets can bask in knowing there’s more on the way to benefit them in this deal. Rodriguez is a 17-year-old infielder who batted .422 for them in the Dominican Summer League. This isn’t merely a Mets win because he batted a single point higher than Pham did in the World Series. His noteworthy speed on the base paths added to the 33 to 31 walk to strikeout ratio show some immediate tools that have to come naturally.

We won’t see Rodriguez in the majors for a few more years. There’s a long trek ahead. This one still scores favorably right now.

Grade: B