The New York Mets are on pace for another disappointing season after starting out the season dominating the competition and controlling the best record in baseball at 11-1. Any baseball fan knows not to judge an entire season based off the first 12 games of the year, on the flip side, this early success got Mets fans to truly believe again. As of today, the Mets sit at 39-55 and have shown no evidence of turning their season around. The one bright spot this year has been ace Jacob deGrom, who has been lights out. Despite his MLB leading 1.68 ERA, stellar 149 strikeouts, and whip of 0.97- Cy Young Award numbers, his record is 5-4 due to minimal run support. Entering this season deGrom was expected to be excellent, and he has surpassed those expectations thus far.
The Mets aren’t necessarily looking to get rid of deGrom, however, they realize letting him go could help them in the long run. If the Mets keep Jacob deGrom, he is going to be paid pretty handsomely, and with their current roster of washed-up veterans and subpar youngsters, the Mets need to save all the money they can.
deGrom wants to remain a New York Met, he has publicly said that he wants to stay in a Mets uniform “For a long time”. Ideally, he wants to sign a long-term deal, which would be expensive. The issue with this is the Mets will be losing big money, without making any improvements to their roster. On the flip side, they need to be very cautious about acquiring enough talent to make a trade between themselves and another club worthwhile. Over the last few seasons, the Mets had stellar starting pitching, bad defense, and even worse offense, they desperately need young position players with a high upside for potential.
Former Mets senior director of baseball operations, Adam Fisher said “You’re not trading deGrom without [getting] one of baseball’s top prospects,” When asked who he would be willing to trade deGrom for, he responded “Who would I be willing to trade him for? A young player who has the ability to be a top-five prospect, like Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuna Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr. For me, if you’re not getting that … then it’s not worth the exercise.”
This is the exact approach the Mets need to take. Although deGrom has made it clear that he would like to stay in New York, he also said: “if the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.” The Mets need to find a way to keep all parties contents. The last thing the Mets want to do in this situation is lose deGrom and get nothing for him. There are plenty of teams who are interested in one of the best pitchers in the game, trading deGrom could be the best move the Mets make…if they do it right. They need to demand young talent from any team that makes an offer. deGrom has the potential to be an all-time great, yes, he is that good. Anything less than a top 5 prospect should not even be considered. If the Mets are unable to make a trade they need to resign deGrom, they will need to work out a deal that will not put a huge dent in the payroll, perhaps a 5-year deal, nothing too big, but big enough to pay deGrom the money he deserves.