Heyman On WFAN: Mets Don't Want To Rebuild

Joe & Evan
July 30, 2019 - 3:06 pm

The New York Mets shook up the trade market by acquiring Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays on Sunday evening. The deal sent mixed signals around the league on how the Mets are planning to approach the trade deadline.

The Mets (50-55) sit in fourth place in the NL East, 11 games back of the division lead. The Wild Card is within reach at six games back but remains a tall task for the inconsistent Mets. Stroman joined the Mets shortly before Jason Vargas was shipped off to Philadelphia.

So, what course of action are the Mets taking?

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman joined “Joe and Evan” on Tuesday to talk about New York’s latest addition and what it means moving forward. WFAN’s Joe Benigno approves of the trade from a fan perspective.


“I loved it,” Benigno said. “I've got to be honest with you - Certainly didn’t see it coming. Why did they make this move in your mind?”

Heyman reiterated the Mets belief to somehow remain in the playoff race and focus on retooling their roster instead of a complete overhaul.

“They don't want to rebuild,” Heyman said. “We've talked about that part of it many times. Obviously Brodie Van Wagenen, is willing to take gambles and this is a gamble. It is unusual because they’re really not in the race this year.

“It looks like it's a big emphasis on next year because [Stroman’s> a free agent after next year. So that's what makes me think, they're going to hold [Noah> Syndergaard because if you trade Syndergaard, you've probably gone backward for next year.”

Syndergaard’s name constantly appeared in trade speculation as the Mets toy with the .500 mark. He gives the Mets a difficult decision to make; keep him for playoff aspirations or trade him and gain valuable assets. Heyman believes trading the ace hurts their chances in 2020.

“At this moment, it feels like they're emphasizing 2020 and it's hard to trade Syndergaard and get better in 2020,” Heyman said.