There was a lot of noise at the trade deadline about whether or not the Mets should trade Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Of course, if those names were on the table, that went for Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and just about everyone else on the roster would be available, too.
July 31 came and went, and all four starting pitchers are still with the team. The Mets have improved form over the second half of the season and deGrom is a favorite to win the NL Cy Young.
With 20/20 hindsight, Mets assistant GM John Ricco stands behind the team's decision to keep the team's best players.
"I think there was some discussion around midseason that the way we were built was not a viable model," Ricco said, via NY Post. "I kind of disagreed with it because I thought building around pitching is generally a tried-and-true method of winning, but I did think were some questions."
The Mets are 40-34 since July 1 after a disasterous first half of the season.
"If anything, the last few months have shown that maybe we have to reconsider and maybe stay the course a little bit and tweak from the position player side a little more - whether that means more depth, younger, more athletic, whatever to try to weather the storm of injuries," Ricco said.
Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Travis d'Arnaud have all spent significant time on the DL, four players who were expected to be everyday players for the team this year.
"Since we have stabilized things, this model of running a pretty good starter out there every night, with a decent offense, you can win," Ricco said. "We have shown that since the beginning of July."