The Mets have acknowledge that the reality is that their 2023 squad, which came into the season with very high expectations, will not make the playoffs. As a result, they have already had one of their most active selling seasons ahead of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, which is set for 6 PM EDT today. In case you’ve missed anything, here’s what they’ve done so far and what they still might do before the deadline passes.
- The Mets traded relief pitcher David Robertson to the Marlins for prospects Marco Vargas and Ronald Hernandez on Thursday, July 27, the first move that indicated they were sellers.
- On July 29, the Mets traded future Hall of Fame starting pitcher Max Scherzer to the Rangers for Luisangel Acuña, their new top prospect. Read all about Acuña here.
- Yesterday, the Mets dealt outfielder Mark Canha to the Brewers for right-handed pitcher Justin Jarvis.
We’ve already touched on some specific trade ideas for the Mets and taken a look at the team’s remaining trade candidates, one of whom was Canha. Here’s a quick rundown of who’s left after the Canha trade and what’s left on their contracts.
- Justin Verlander: The 40-year-old has pitched very well recently and makes a guaranteed $43 million this year and next year. His contract includes a conditional player option for a third year at $35 million if he throws 140 innings next year and his arm remains healthy.
- Brooks Raley: The lefty reliever has been very good for the Mets, and he has more team control remaining that the typical 35-year-old since he spent five seasons pitching in Korea. He makes $4.5 million this year, has a club option for $6.5 million next year, and would be eligible for his final year of arbitration ahead of the 2025 season.
- Adam Ottavino: Things are pretty straightforward with Ottavino’s contract: He makes $7.75 million this year and has a player option for $6.75 million next year.
- Tommy Pham: The outfielder is having one of his very best years at the plate, and he’s on a one-year, $6 million deal. Any team trading for him would be adding to their roster for a playoff push this year and wouldn’t be on the hook for anything beyond that.
And the Mets have a couple of fringe trade candidates still on their roster, too.
- Carlos Carrasco: With a 6.40 ERA and a 5.78 FIP, the Mets would presumably need to cover as much of the remaining $14 million on Carrasco’s salary this season in any deal. It would be hard for a contending team to sell the idea that Carrasco could help them to its fans.
- José Quintana: Having had a great year last year in his age-33 season, Quintana signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Mets over the offseason and is due $13 million in each of those two seasons.