This week there were a lot of talks around the baseball world involving the New York Mets. They made a trade with the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz and the resigning of Jeurys Familia; but the big story was the possibility of a three-way trade involving the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. Basically, the Mets would get Marlins’ catcher, J.T. Realmuto and they would lose Noah Syndergaard.
While Realmuto is a stud after securing his first All-Star bid of his career in 2018 after posting career-high numbers across the board and the Mets desperately needing a catcher the past few seasons, this was not going to work out if it involved them getting rid of their would-be ace pitcher if it were not for Jacob deGrom winning the National League Cy Young this season. There was more of a chance of trading Syndergaard being counter-productive in the short-term than it was not. The Mets after trading for Robinson Cano, a superstar talent who is not getting any younger, are clearly playing for the short-term.
The Mets have two more years of security for Jacob deGrom and they obviously plan on using it wisely by doing what they can to build a championship caliber team by the next year or two. When the Mets were a playoff team in 2015 and 2016 their notable strength was their starting rotation. Between injuries and lack of depth they were not able to capitalize the following two seasons. It appears they wish to return to the way their team was built in 2015 where they represented the National League in the World Series where they fell short to the Kansas City Royals.
With a healthy Syndergaard in the mix the Mets have four quality starters. Obviously, deGrom is elite, but I would not sleep on Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz either. There are not a lot of teams out there that can say they have that good of a rotation; just to put in perspective. The Mets also have a fantastic back-end of the bullpen after resigning Familia and trading for Edwin Diaz. They do, however, need a catcher as much as they should not make the trade for J.T. Realmuto. The good news is that it looks like they are going to pass up on that and search else where for a legitimate starting catcher.
If they can get a catcher and perhaps another arm in that bullpen, then the Mets could be worth talking about and perhaps could be a sleeper team coming into the 2019 season. There are a lot of “ifs”, but no one expected the Atlanta Braves to win the National League East this past year.
While Met fans should not quite get their hopes up, but they should realize that they could be closer to returning to a playoff team than they think. They just must make the right finishing touches.