The 2017 season has been nothing but a struggle for the New York Mets. Dealing with numerous injuries, the Mets currently find themselves 12 games out of the National League East Division, and are 14 1/2 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wildcard playoff spot.
They got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers by a combined four-game score of 36-11 and they’ve lost eight of their last nine games. With the team struggling to stay in playoff contention, Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Mets are “open for business,” as they look to explore possible trade options for some of their key veteran players.
According to Olney, the Mets are entertaining trade offers for some of their key veterans. In Olney’s report, he mentions Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and Addison Reed as possible trade candidates.
It appears unlikely at this point that the Mets will be able to jump back into playoff contention, which could lead them to look towards the future. All four players that Olney mentioned are in the final year of their contracts, so the Mets could look to add some assets before these players become free agents.
With the trade deadline a little over a month away, it will be interesting to see what route the Mets take. They currently have some quality pieces that could be valuable for teams looking to contend in 2017.
However, if they do decide to sell at the deadline, how far do the Mets actually go? Do they stick to just trading veterans with expiring contracts, or do they look to trade some of their top assets (i.e. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, etc.) to get back a quality return?
Only time will be able to tell, but the Mets should be an interesting team to watch as the trade deadline approaches.