'Boomer And Gio': Who Should Mets Make Available At Trade Deadline?

Boomer and Gio
July 11, 2019 - 8:58 am
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The Mets are not nearly as good as they thought they would be.

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Expectations were high before the season after new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen followed up a retooling of the roster by making some bold statements and predictions about the campaign ahead. Those statements and predictions haven’t come true, and now the Mets are in a position where they have to decide if they want to sell off assets at the trade deadline.

Noah Syndergaard is the name that has been mentioned the most in trade talks, but Gregg Giannotti is worried that the Mets might balk at the chance to trade him for prospects.

“Noah Syndergaard has been overvalued, overrated,” said Giannotti. “He is someone that is more sizzle than substance in the last couple years, dealt with some injuries. I still have this feeling that the Mets, if given that choice to hang onto him and continue to give him other opportunities, that they’re going to take it unless they get blown away.”

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Syndergaard has long been tabbed as a future ace of the Mets’ pitching staff, but that hasn’t really happened. The 26-year-old is 6-4 this season with a 4.68 ERA and a couple disastrous outings.

Boomer Esiason agreed that Syndergaard should probably be traded, but noted that the Mets really need to collect a big haul if they’re shipping off someone who is supposed to be one of their best pitchers.

“It all depends what you get back. If he is the crown jewel of the trading season, then you have to extract something of significance back from your trading partner. I don’t care what you say, if you get some low class A-ball player and some player to be named later, that’s what Todd Frazier is there for … I don’t think he’s overrated, maybe it’s just not working here. Maybe he, like Matt Harvey, has had enough in New York.”

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There is also still the possibility that Van Wagenen buys into Mickey Callaway's talk of the Mets not really being out of the playoff race yet. If Van Wagenen feels that way too, then the Mets could opt to be buyers at the deadline instead of sellers.

Syndergaard should be available, as should Zach Wheeler and a few other guys, but both hosts assumed that New York wouldn’t be able to get anyone to take Robinson Cano off their hands, and Gio thinks Van Wagenen may not have even learned anything after his failed acquisition of Cano.

"I think we're in for a long rebuild, and maybe even a situation where Brodie Van Wagenen makes a mistake at this trade deadline, much like the Robinson Cano-Edwin Diaz trade, that sets them back another four or five years."

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