There were some whispers in the days leading up to the Mets' trade for Marcus Stroman that they could potentially buy and sell at the deadline, with an eye toward competing in 2020. Still, the Stroman news was a shock to fans and reporters alike.
By trading for Stroman, the Mets have arguably cornered the starting pitching market, prevented the Yankees (who had the far bigger need) from acquiring him, and have created more questions than answers when it comes to their plan moving forward.
Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...
Here's our @nydnsports backpage: @Mets, not @Yankees, are the New York team to land @BlueJays ace Marcus Stroman@redsox @pirates @APSE_sportmedia #marcusstroman #didigregorius #michaelconforto #jasonvargashttps://t.co/g7xo5HABTe pic.twitter.com/9DXOu9XJEn- NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) July 29, 2019
Monday's @NewsdaySports cover:- Gregg Henglein (@GreggHenglein) July 29, 2019
HOME COOKING#mets serve up shocker with trade for LI's Marcus Stroman @timbhealey @markpherrmann @AnthonyRieber
Also#Yankees avoid sweep, but Cashman's job gets tougher@eboland11 @DPLennon @APSE_sportmedia #metstwitter #MLBTradeDeadline pic.twitter.com/axAnwMt6jq