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Mets' Ricco Confirms Mets Will Look To Sell At Trade Deadline

June 28, 2018 - 11:13 am
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By WFAN.com

The Mets have made clear they will look to be sellers as the trade deadline nears.

In the absence of Sandy Alderson, the Mets have appointed a management trio of assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants to the GM J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya.

Speaking to the media Wednesday at Citi Field, Ricco was especially blunt when alluding to the inevitability that moves will be made before the trade deadline.

“Not only do we have the ability, but that’s what we’ve been charged with – improving this club,” Ricco said Wednesday. “Obviously, the trade deadline is coming up, and that’s a big pressure point in which to better your club. Certainly, we’re going to take advantage of that and look to be active.”

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Players in contract years, notably Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera, could be on the move before the end of July. Ricco also noted that nothing is being ruled out, including trades involving Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

“We’ll have to consider (it),” Ricco said. “For me, everything has to be on the table. But you have to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher.”

The Mets are all but certain to finish the 2018 season on the losing end, and though the trade deadline could bring significant change, Ricco expressed that the team does not intend to undergo a complete rebuild.

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“I really don’t see that as a strategy,” Ricco said. “It’s not something we’ve really discussed, a complete teardown. I think we have young players that we think are out on the field playing right now and pitching as well.”

Moving forward, the Mets' front office executives will have to come to a consensus on decisions now that Alderson is on medical leave.

“If you know the way Sandy worked, a lot of (the work) was being divvied up to begin with,” Ricco said. “He delegates a lot, especially with that group. So that won’t really change. We just won’t have that point person we’re reporting back to. We’ll just have conversations among ourselves, and we’ll make decisions that way.”