With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, teams should start evaluating if they should buy or sell players. The Mets started the season with playoff hopes, but are sitting at 39-49 just two games before the all-star break. Only the Marlins are behind them in the NL Wild Card race as of July 6. With that said, if the Mets decide to sell, they can have a very successful trade deadline.
New York is involved in some notable trade rumors. Names like Zack Wheeler and Todd Frazier are in the mix and can be sent to teams contending for a playoff spot. Wheeler being traded across town to the Yankees is a very realistic rumor. The team can receive multiple prospects for veterans like these guys. Jason Vargas is also being talked about for a trade in a couple of weeks. Even Wilson Ramos is being considered for trade after multiple Mets pitchers said they prefer Tomas Nido to catch them.
How Selling can Help the Mets
The Mets should definitely consider trading away some of their veterans as it can help them in both the short and long-term. Short-term it can help them financially, as well as letting the additions meet one another. Long-term is obviously that the team will hope for their prospects to become successful big leaguers. Prospects will also help their already young squad as players like Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have promising futures in the MLB. These two guys can eventually become leaders on this team and help players younger than them develop as big leaguers.
Lastly, if the Mets do end up selling a lot at the deadline, looking for potential bullpen arms is likely their smartest move. The current Mets bullpen has a 5.63 ERA through 286 innings pitched. This is one of the Mets’ biggest concerns. If they can build a bullpen, it will help their starters gain some more confidence on the mound as well. Even current closer Edwin Diaz is on the hot seat as he may lose his role as closer very soon.
It’ll be interesting to see what general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets decide to do in about three weeks at the 2019 MLB trade deadline.
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