After Sunday, the Mets have one game left on their schedule before Wednesday's trade deadline. The rumor mill has plenty of chatter regarding members of the Mets' starting pitching staff, Noah Syndergaard among them.
Trades officially can come down at any time, even right before the first pitch. Syndergaard is slated to start the Mets' series opener on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.
But despite the possibility of any upcoming trades involving starters, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway isn't going to let that affect the way he uses his bullpen.
"Yeah, we won't even take that into consideration. We'll just try to win the game that we're playing and then deal with the circumstances after that," Callaway said on Sunday prior to the Mets' series final against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But Callaway did provide some insight into the decision he may use to handle such a situation. It all comes down to the timing.
"It could if it's late," Callaway said in regard to potentially going to a member of the bullpen to start a game due to a trade scenario. "We've seen that before right up and around, guys get traded right before the game, then you have to make a spur of the moment decision. We have guys lined up just in case in Triple-A that we feel confident in."
"You do the best you can and we'll see who gets plugged in if that becomes the case," Callaway added.
Jason Vargas is slated to start against the Pirates on Sunday, and then the Mets have Monday off. After Synderggard takes the bump Tuesday, Jacob deGrom is scheduled to do so on Wednesday for a 8:10 p.m. first pitch. The deadline is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.