New York Mets: With Trade Deadline Looming, Team Needs To Start Over

The New York Mets have had a very disappointing 2019 season up to this point. New York sits in fourth place in the National League East with a 46-55 record. The Mets are 13.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

New York is tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second-worst record in the National League. If the season ended today, the New York Mets would either have the seventh or the eighth pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

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This team needs to rebuild the farm system. The trade deadline is on Wednesday, July 31 at 4 p.m. I want to see them do these trades right. Realistically, New York will probably trade Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas, Dominic Smith, and maybe one or two other players.

Potential Trades

First, I would trade Noah Syndergaard to the San Diego Padres for #3 prospect right-handed pitcher Luis Patino, #5 prospect right-handed pitcher Michael Baez, #11 prospect outfielder Buddy Reed, and #12 prospect catcher Luis Campusano.

Second, I would trade Edwin Diaz to the Boston Red Sox for #4 prospect left-handed pitcher Jay Groome, #7 prospect right-handed pitcher Bryan Mata, and #15 prospect outfielder Gilberto Jimenez.

Next, I would trade Zack Wheeler to the New York Yankees for #3 prospect right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia and #11 prospect right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson.

Then I would trade Todd Frazier to the Tampa Bay Rays for #14 prospect outfielder Josh Lowe and #26 prospect right-handed pitcher Tobias Myers.

I would also trade Jason Vargas to the Chicago Cubs for prospect second baseman Vimael Machin and prospect left-handed pitcher Wyatt Short.

Finally, I would trade Dominic Smith to the Cleveland Indians for #8 prospect right-handed pitcher Luis Oviedo, #11 prospect shortstop/third baseman Yu Chang, and #23 prospect right-handed pitcher Aaron Civale.

The Smith experiment is not working out very well in the outfielder. He has a good enough bat that Dominic Smith could be a designated hitter in the American League somewhere.

This would be a very good way for them to rebuild the farm system so they could become contenders in a couple of years. Whether they do this or not is another story. Brodie Van Wagenen hasn’t made very good moves in his first season as the general manager. He could make it up by selling a ton of players and making trades that make sense.

It is possible Van Wagenen may not be back next season as the general manager along with Mickey Callaway as the team’s manager.

How would handle the New York Mets if you were GM? Leave a comment below.

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