The Mets could be very busy today as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approaches at 4:00 PM EDT. Joel Sherman tweeted earlier this morning that Addison Reed will go, which has seemed obvious for a while now, and that Asdrubal Cabrera could, too. And he says the Mets are looking to deal one or both of Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, as well as other players.
Given the way this season has gone so far, that all makes plenty of sense. While some of those players could help the Mets if they were brought back this winter in free agency, the team stands to gain little if those players are retained. The qualifying offer system isn’t what it used to be from a team’s perspective, and it makes much more sense for the Mets—who have not been able to even get back to .500 for months—to cash in while they can.
Here’s hoping Sandy Alderson and his front office can get good or great returns for several players. The Mets have a good core of players and could very well be contenders again next season. If they are to bring in a new crop of talent today, that could make it a lot easier to do so. And maybe we’ll finally see the major league debuts of Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith once the dust settles, too.