At 48-54, the New York Mets have too many teams in front of them in the Wild Card race and too many games to make up in the standings to dream about making a playoff push.
It just doesn’t seem likely at this point.
As a result, they have already made up their deadline approach: you can see it as a soft sale.
They won’t be trading their stars with long-term commitments such as Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, Kodai Senga, or Jeff McNeil.
However, veterans or players on one-year deals might be playing for another team after Tuesday.
For example, the Mets already traded reliever David Robertson to the Miami Marlins for two useful prospects and it makes perfect sense.
General manager Billy Eppler told Mets insider Anthony DiComo what he would like to achieve at the deadline.
“Eppler: “I’ve had a number of inquiries on our players.” More Eppler: “Our farm system has got a way to go. What we have to do is just continue to add. If we’re going to go where we need to go in the long-term, we’re going to need an upper-tier farm system to get there,” DiComo tweeted while quoting Eppler.
Eppler: "I've had a number of inquiries on our players."
More Eppler: "Our farm system has got a way to go. What we have to do is just continue to add. If we're going to go where we need to go in the long-term, we're going to need an upper-tier farm system to get there."
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 28, 2023
Robertson netted the Mets two of the Marlins’ best prospects: Marco Vargas and Ronald Hernandez.
The Mets are actually in a great position these days: desperate teams might come calling for Max Scherzer, Mark Canha, a reliever, or any other piece.
Robertson, who is basically a rental, cost two very good prospects.
Imagine what Scherzer would bring in, or if they decide to trade Justin Verlander.
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