After shocking the baseball world by trading for Marcus Stroman and then surprising no one by giving away Jason Vargas to save a few bucks, the Mets stood pat at the trade deadline.
Zack Wheeler’s name was seemingly brought up more times than Donald Trump’s in the past 48 hours. But despite rumors having him attached to nine different teams, none came up with a deal that satisfied Brodie Van Wagenen. Similarly, Van Wagenen wasn’t blown away by any offers for Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz, Todd Frazier, Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos or any other Met rumored to be floated in trade scenarios.
So, basically we upgraded our rotation, at least in the short-term, by swapping out a five for a two. To make this happen however, we had to part with two pitching prospects, further weakening our depleted farm system.
There will be a lot of questions in the off-season, starting with do we attempt to extend Zack Wheeler or offer him a qualifying offer? In the meantime, we’re playing good ball and have an outside shot of making a run for a wild card. With a strong rotation and nine easy games in front of us, we should at least be able to get back to .500 soon. Then we can see if this franchise has another miracle to rally around.
An interesting tidbit I found on Twitter is that at some point the Mets were considering flipping Stroman to the Yankees.