The Mets should not trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard this season. I'm not against trading anyone, but to deal these two men now in a limited market would be foolish.
If the Mets decide to blow up their roster and rebuild for the second time in 10 years, it would be far better to deal their best, long-term pitching assets this winter when the free-agent market for arms is set up to be very, very weak.
In terms of what to do going forward, I see the Braves, I see the Phillies, and I see the Marlins. I see the amount of young talent they have and I'm pretty convinced they'll soon pass the Mets (if they haven't already) on the path to long-term success.
The Mets put on a great show in 2015 while making it all the way to the World Series, and made the playoffs again in 2016. However, the magical ride in 2015 and what followed in 2016 is beginning to feel less like a great first step toward several years of success.
Sandy Alderson's 2018 team is currently on pace to win around 82 games.
Thankfully, final decisions do not need to be made for at least another month, with the potential for major changes coming this winter.
The fact is, based on recent National League results, most every postseason team was better than average at scoring runs and not allowing runs. And, in most cases, they were elite in at least one of the two categories.
If the Mets believe they have the talent and resources to score 200 more runs this season than they're currently on pace to produce, and if they believe their pitching can be as good or slightly better that it has been, they should consider adding to the roster and making another push with their current pitching staff.
However, if they don't believe they can score enough runs -- regardless of what is happening in the rotation -- they should commit to being sellers for the second year in a row.
I think it's smart to begin debating the merits of a full-scale rebuild. I'm not sold yet on if that's the right road to take. Nevertheless, given their current assets and the projections for this winter's free-agent market, I think the Mets can hold off on going nuclear until the offseason. It's going to be a legit discussion, though, and not one being had only by fans and media.
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