The New York Mets biggest story in 2019 has been not being able to hold leads. They have by far the worst bullpen in baseball and it is one of the reasons why they are in fourth place in the National League East with a 37-45 record and they are one of the worst teams in baseball.
General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen is in his first year and he has not been very good. His signings and trades have been horrendous. Van Wagenen needs to realize that the New York Mets need to tear it down and start over.
The bullpen has blown 20 saves this season and they only have 18 as a team.
I would make every player on the roster expendable except for starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, first baseman Pete Alonso, utility player Jeff McNeil, and outfielder Michael Conforto.
I think this franchise needs to have a long hard look and realize that they need to go in a direction that the Baltimore Orioles are heading in.
The Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros years ago followed this model as well. That is one of the reasons why they have each won at least one World Series title in the past few years.
The players that I think you have to trade is closer Edwin Diaz, starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas, outfielder Juan Lagares, mid-reliever Seth Lugo, catcher Wilson Ramos, outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith, second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Todd Frazier, and reliever Jeurys Familia.
I would trade Edwin Diaz to the Boston Red Sox for #19 prospect RHP Kutter Crawford, outfielder Rusney Castillo (Triple-A), and left-handed pitcher Logan Browning (High-A).
I would trade Noah Syndergaard to the Houston Astros for #2 prospect outfielder Kyle Tucker, #7 prospect right-handed pitcher Bryan Abreu, #24 prospect shortstop Jeremy Pena, and #25 prospect right-handed pitcher Enoli Paredes.
I would trade Zack Wheeler to the New York Yankees for #11 prospect right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson and #22 prospect right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo.
I would trade Jason Vargas to the Oakland Athletics for #28 prospect right-handed pitcher Brady Feigl and third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Triple-A).
I would trade outfielder Juan Lagares to the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations, outfielder Matt Hearn (High-A), and right-handed pitcher Moises Ceja (High-A).
I would trade Seth Lugo to the Chicago Cubs for #19 prospect right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller, #20 prospect second baseman/shortstop Trent Giamborne, and outfielder Jimmy Herron (High-A).
I would trade Wilson Ramos to the Minnesota Twins for #17 prospect catcher Ryan Jeffers, #18 prospect 2b/of Luis Arraez, #22 prospect outfielder LaMonte Wade, and #23 prospect right-handed pitcher Griffin Jax.
I would trade Dominic Smith to the Los Angeles Angels for #24 prospect shortstop/second baseman Leonardo Rivas, #28 prospect left-handed pitcher Hector Yan, and first baseman Brett Bond (High-A).
I would trade Jeurys Familia to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations and left-handed pitcher Sam Hentges.
I would trade Robinson Cano to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, catcher Yohel Pozo (Double-A), and left-handed pitcher Sal Mendez (Double-A).
I would trade Todd Frazier to the Tampa Bay Rays for #18 prospect outfielder/RHP Tanner Dodson, #20 prospect LHP Resly Linares, and third baseman Kevin Paldo (Double-A).
This is obviously a nice thought and something I would seriously do if I was the New York Mets general manager, but I highly doubt they would trade away all of those players.
This would be the right way to rebuild and fix this team. New York doesn’t have a very good farm system to begin with.
I don’t think ownership would sign off on all of these moves. This team is not a contender right now and they need to fix up a lot of things. After all of those moves are made, my starting rotation for the rest of the season would be Jacob deGrom, Walker Lockett, Anthony Kay, Steven Matz, and Wilmer Font.
I would also call up second baseman Dilson Herrea, outfielder Rajai Davis, and catcher Rene Rivera.
I would make Chris Mazza the closer. The bullpen is lost anyways this season and so is the rest of the 2019 season. It is time for this franchise to look forward to 2020 and potentially beyond.
If the season ended right now, the Mets would own the eighth pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. It is possible they could even get a higher pick if they continue to falter.
Speaking of draft picks, it seems as if they had a very good draft in 2019 and some of the players include third baseman Brett Baty, right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf, right-handed pitcher Matthew Allan, outfielder Jake Mangum, right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones, second baseman Luke Ritter, left-handed pitcher Conner Wollersheim, first baseman Joe Genord, outfielder Scott Ota, outfielder Kennie Taylor, right-handed pitcher Mitch Ragan, third baseman Nic Gaddis, right-handed pitcher Dan Goggin, outfielder Tanner Murphy, catcher Matt O’Neill, and shortstop Branden Fryman.
Having a very good draft pick next season would not be a very bad thing at all for this franchise.
I expect them to not be very good next season and in 2021 as well. It will allow this franchise to rebuild and have high picks so this franchise can not be a laughing stock in the MLB anymore.
The New York Mets have not won it all since 1986. New York fans are sick and tired of management and failures year after year. They want the Wilpon’s to sell this team.
I also expect the Mets to fire Manager Mickey Callaway at the end of the season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them also fire General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen and start everything over again.