The New York Mets secured a deal with starter Michael Wacha on Wednesday. Brodie van Wagenen also traded for centre fielder Jake Marisnick and they saw Zack Wheeler depart the Big Apple for their division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Every Mets fan would have taken this outcome at the start of 2020. Having missed out on a place in the largest playoff pool in MLB history with a top five offence, this probably isn't the expected conclusion, but it just shows the relief in Queens at the impending end of the Wilpon's ownership.
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The New York Mets started the 2019 season without tremendous expectations but with an absolutely loaded roster which ended up heavily underperforming.
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The Mets go into a crucial three game series in Atlanta with a deep line-up and rotation, which is what Brodie van Wagenen envisioned when trading for the best closer in baseball. It is time for the Edwin Diaz that the GM thought he was acquiring to make an appearance, or the Mets do not really have much of a chance to get to October.
If these moves alongside the return of Nimmo and Smith can get the Mets into the postseason, anything can happen in October with their rotation.
Since losing to the San Francisco Giants on the 21st July, the New York Mets are the hottest team in baseball, winning 13 of their last 15 games and muscling their way into the heart of an intense National League wildcard race.
While the Mets will be losing very little next year and this deal puts the 2020 team in even better situation, it was a buyer-type acquisition that has more impact on the team’s battle to change the outcome of the season, and that’s one of the reasons why Syndergaard is not going anywhere.
Marcus Stroman was traded to the New York Mets on Sunday, three days before the trade deadline. The Mets gave up pitching prospects but improve rotation.