TRADE! TRADE! TRADE!
From the NY POST
So now Van Wagenen should take a cue from his predecessor, Sandy Alderson, and start letting teams know the Mets are open for business. Just over a month remains until July 31 and the trade deadline — remember, August waiver deals have been eliminated — and the Mets have a few assets that can garner returns. Start listening now and block out delusions about a hot stretch that will carry the team back into contention. The asset at the top of that list, Zack Wheeler, is rolling again after firing a two-hitter over six innings in which he allowed one run. The right-hander will be a free agent after this season, which will dampen the potential trade return, but keeping him shouldn’t be an option.“That would be unfortunate if we had to see some of our teammates go somewhere else because we’re not getting it done,” manager Mickey Callaway said.Read more here
Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas also are potential free agents (Vargas’ 2020 option can be bought out for $2 million) and are producing respectably enough to return something of value, especially if Van Wagenen can convince team COO Jeff Wilpon to swallow significant remainders of their respective contracts. Is Dominic Smith part of the Mets’ future as a left fielder or does it make sense to trade him now, with his stock at an all-time high? Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz have two and three years of club control remaining, respectively, after this season, but shouldn’t be exempt from trade consideration.
Trade VARGAS, FRAZIER, SYNDERGAARD,WHEELER, DIAZ, Familia, and figure out a way to buy out Cano or make a deal with a team where you can take another bad contract back. Eat some contract money to get better pieces in here and make it work. The Mets had good draft and its time to get ready to look to the future.