The Mets didn’t take a pass on the trade deadline day because they lacked prospects or money. Their system ranks 14 out of 30, and that’s sure to go up after they’ve drafted more players than just about anyone this year. And while Steve Cohen has less money than Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and a few lucky sons, he has twice as much money as anyone who owns any other baseball team.
They also didn’t do much because, as one Mets fan learned wondering out loud (and other misguided souls I’m sure are thinking), rival teams are either jealous or angry at Cohen either for getting too rich or for trying to win and therefore don’t want to help the Mets . This is just crazy talk. (For those people, please stay off the internet!)
No, the Mets died on the deadline because they were afraid to give up on Pete Crowe next Armstrong. At one point it was Jared Kielnik. But now Crow-Armstrong is particularly lamenting that he raised the odds ratings with Cubs.
From here, lead ratings and $2.75 will get you on the subway.
The Mets sure have odds that could score them a great combination of David Robertson and Raisel Iglesias.Christian Vasquez (or Wilson Contreras) and Trey Mancini, who could have made enough impact to dramatically improve their chances of holding off the Braves, beat the Dodgers and ultimately win the World Championship. They talked about all of these players, bid on most of them, but they just didn’t want to give them the odds that the other teams wanted.
You know it’s not about the money, because Cohen actually ran payroll for an area that Mets fans would never dream of. (Although in the case of Iglesias, they sought some of the remaining $51 million paid because they did not want to have Founding Man in the books at $16 million each when they hoped to lock up Edwin Diaz; so Iglesias went to their chief rival, the brave.)
You know it’s mostly about prospects, and the next fear might turn into the next Kelenic, who’s had a passive war all his life and brought them Diaz, their second best and second most important player, not to mention an event happening every time he enters a game.
Or he might turn into the next Crow-Armstrong, who has a 0.813 OPS at High-A South Bend. It looks like he might be a player, but after seeing his fellow Futures Game, I can report there is little risk of him turning into the next Pete Alonso. It’s listed at 6 feet, but I’m assuming that means while jumping.
There are things you regret, perhaps like swapping Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi. This is not that.
In any case, the Mets need to deal with the loss of these minor league stars, and continue to work at hand, which should take a chance at the World Series. If they win it, I’m guessing that whatever they did on August 2nd won’t be a major contributing factor. I I’ve heard comparisons of Braves’ moves under the radar A year ago, but that’s not the case either. They had three above-average part-time players and an above-average right-handed dittor.
Although they played all the great players mentioned above, they eventually settled down.
Give them credit for improving the farm system when that wasn’t just possible but likely, they’ll make impact moves by the deadline. But shame them for being too scared to eat crows with yet another Crow-Armstrong deal that resulted in 24 hours of almost nowhere.
There’s no doubt that it was a seller’s market, starting with Mariners’ best-of-breed deal Luis Castillo, abandoning their #1,3 and #5 odds in a frenzy of desperation, endured by two straight decades of incompetence. It’s hard to miss the playoffs for 20 straight years, especially from big-earning Seattle.
But Robertson, Vazquez, Mancini and Iglesias – three rents and an expensive diluent – aren’t exactly Castillo. There is no need to despair. Mets are UConn women’s hoops compared to Mariners.
In the end, Robertson went to Phillies, an NL East contender, for a 26th-ranked Philadelphia prospect, and Vazquez traded a pair of minor league center players, Mancini for part-time quarterback Jose Seri and bowler Chayce McDermott, who is now twelfth. in the Orioles system. Iglesias was often a cash dump. And Contreras were not traded, which is more of a Cubs problem than a Mets problem.
So what are the Mets left with? They’ve had two DH halves with Daniel Vogelbach and Darren Rove, who set good records against the opposite arms, but aren’t full-time players for some reason, Tyler Naquin, a nice reserve player, and Michal Givens, the loyalist who’s mostly like a little payroller, based For what the Mets gave up.
The Mets ended up surrendering to nearly nothing on the deadline. Except of course the chance to boost their chances in the world championships. Which is everything.