3 dumbest Mets trade deadline decisions Billy Eppler could make this month

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2) Second bad NY Mets trade: Trading Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander

I know that both Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander have not produced the results that all Mets fans were expecting when they were signed to record-setting deals in consecutive off-seasons. However, if the Mets ultimately end up selling pieces at the deadline, this is still a team that has the talent and pockets to compete in 2024.

The Mets' pitching depth has been pushed to the brink this season and if the Mets were to trade one of their top two starters that will only make their starting depth that much more of an issue over the final two months of the season. It also puts the Mets back at square one next offseason in trying to find another top-of-the-rotation starter.

The Mets most likely won't get anything of significant value in return unless they pick up most, if not all, of either starting pitcher's bloated contract. At the same time would it make sense to pay one of these pitchers over $40 million to pitch for a team you may be contending against the rest of this season and potentially next season?

I believe the Mets should stay pat on the Scherzer and Verlander front, and if they want to move on from either pitcher, they can find a deal as well as a replacement that makes sense this winter.