With Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera already traded, anything the Mets do ahead of today’s non-waiver trade deadline will be a bit more unexpected or creative. The team has Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco, who like Familia and Cabrera will be free agents at the end of the season, and they could serve as complementary pieces for a contending team. They also have two elite arms in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard with years of team control remaining who could end up being a part of a surprise blockbuster if the Mets are blown away by an offer from a team desperate for cost-controlled pitching for this year and beyond.
And finally, they have Zack Wheeler, who seems to have generated more buzz than any other Met. Wheeler isn’t quite at the level of the one-two punch presented by the aces deGrom and Syndergaard, but he has gotten more and more impressive as the season has gone on and still could be a game-changer for a team in need of an inexpensive mid-rotation arm.
Will any of these assets be moved today? Obviously it’s impossible to know for sure. One of the beauties of deadline day is that anything can happen! But let’s recap the latest Mets-related rumors.
As for deGrom and Syndergaard, at this stage it seems unlikely they will be traded. As most Mets fans know, the word “rebuild” isn’t exactly in the Wilpons’ lexicon, and it seems they haven’t changed their tune on that. The Mets feel they can contend in 2019 and therefore they want to retain their two aces.
Similarly, the tone on Wheeler seems to have shifted in recent days. Earlier this month, it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion that Wheeler would be moved. Now, it seems less and less likely, as the Mets are commanding a high price for a player they see as a piece for next year. The Mets have seen Wheeler’s improvement this season and don’t feel that other teams are giving them offers that reflect that improvement. As of this morning, Andy Martino reports that a trade involving Zack Wheeler would be “very surprising.”
Over the weekend, it was reported that the Mets were “hopeful” to trade Devin Mesoraco and Jose Bautista, perhaps for international pool money. However, as of last night, the Mets had not yet gotten the right offer for Mesoraco to justify moving him. Bautista is also drawing interest from teams, such as the Yankees and the Phillies. But the Mets don’t view Bautista as a simple giveaway, especially given how he’s performed for them. However, unlike their other assets, Mesoraco and Bautista could clear waivers and perhaps be dealt in August.
Speaking of waiver deals, there is still an outside chance that players like Jerry Blevins and Wilmer Flores could be dealt now or in August.
Overall, the stage is not set at this time for any fireworks at the deadline for the Mets. The team appears disinterested in tearing things down and wants to be focused on trying to contend next year. Obviously, there is always a chance for a last-minute turn of events, especially with a three-headed GM at the helm, but don’t go into this afternoon expecting any deadline drama from the Mets.