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The turbulent skies not only hung over the stadium, but seemingly over the Mets organization as well.
Assistant GM John Ricco finally met with the media in an effort to clear up several situations. The first was Yoenis Cespedes’s status. Despite being on the disabled list for nine weeks, the Mets were still caught by surprise that Cespedes might need foot surgery. Ricco said that the team is hopeful for a more conservative approach to his injury.
Despite the fact that both the player and front office were saying different things to the media, Ricco insisted there was no miscommunication.
Surgery or not, Cespedes’s injury could get worse before it gets better.
The next topic Ricco attempted to address was the trade of Jeurys Familia that has been almost universally panned. Some reactions to the trade have been disbelief (paywall alert), another was that they undersold, and finally that it was a sign of utter hopelessness by the organization.
Ricco stated that the trade met their expectations and that the team is still willing to eat salary in future trades.
The final topic was a bit of a bombshell by the Assistant GM. He revealed Noah Syndergaard contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease and would have to go on the DL.
It was also clear that the three GM tandem is not a good way to conduct business.
Finally, some things go beyond bad luck when the organization as a whole is decaying.
The 2018 team is bad but it is nothing compared to the antics of the 1993 team.
On a positive note, prospect Andres Gimenez received a well-deserved promotion to Double-A.
Justin Dunn has been impressive since being promoted to Double-A and has arguably become the Mets’ best pitching prospect.
Around the National League East
Drew Steckenrider could be an interesting trade piece for the Marlins. Miami lost on a walk-off grand slam to the Rays. The Marlins could get some help from intriguing prospects after the trade deadline.
The Padres hammered the Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader 10-2. Philadelphia got their revenge in the second game and shut out the Padres 5-0. After the lengthy day of baseball, they optioned Aaron Altherr and Mark Leiter Jr. to Triple-A.
The Nationals traded struggling outfielder Brian Goodwin to the Royals. Closer Sean Doolittle will be out an extended period of time as he deals with a stress reaction in his foot. The Nationals came out victorious against the Braves.
Around Major League Baseball
Jacob deGrom headlines the stars that have been discussed leading up to the trade deadline, but there are others that are more likely to move.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Vasilis Drimalitis wrote about Syndergaard’s illness.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1999, the Mets traded for pitcher Kenny Rodgers. The following year the team attempted to acquire Barry Larkin but he vetoed the trade after they wouldn’t grant him an extension.