3) NY Mets had an all-time failure of a trade deadline
Let’s circle back to that trade deadline. Yes, the bats they got were underwhelming. It definitely did doom the team. Vogelbach was easily the best addition they made and even he was limited.
Ruf, Tyler Naquin, and Mychal Givens helped round out what will go down as a questionable-forever trade deadline by this organization. Rather than go big like the San Diego Padres, the Mets looked to fill in their problems with veteran role players.
The Padres are a good example—at least for now—as to why teams do go for the bigger fish. As poorly as Josh Bell and Juan Soto performed in the regular season, Bell had a big Game 1 home run off of Scherzer and Soto was productive throughout.
The Mets had obvious trade deadline needs. We can credit them for holding onto their prospects. But then comes another big question: will players like Brett Baty, Francisco Alvarez, and/or Mark Vientos be able to produce for them in 2023 right away?
We can only hope getting a little bit of experience will accelerate the progress of those three. The front office didn’t seem to think any were quite ready, though, as each was held back from his major league debut until all other options were exhausted.
Winning and losing the trade deadline isn’t the mission of any MLB season. Winning or losing it might directly lead to how far your team can go. With an L on August 2, the Mets suffered an even more painful one on October 9.