Let’s assume the Mets have already decided they will be sellers at the trade deadline. And, let’s carry that assumption a step further and say GM Sandy Alderson will be aggressive.
What then, are the Mets’ options and how should Alderson play this?
GSELLMAN: Don’t trade him. (AP)
IDENTIFY TOP ASSETS: The Mets have four players that should draw considerable interest: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.
Reed: Relievers always draw interest this time of year, and if the Mets are on the fence as to bringing back Reed in 2018, Alderson should get a lot of calls on him. The big gamble is that if they trade Reed and Jeurys Familia doesn’t return from his injury the Mets could be closer shopping.
Blevins: A lefty reliever who can also close is also very valuable. The concern here that Terry Collins might have burned out Blevins, thereby reducing his value.
Duda: This guy has remarkable, but also streaky power. For a team needing left power, or a first baseman, or a pinch-hitter, Duda fills those needs. The Mets are high on Dominic Smith, so bringing back Duda might be a stretch.
Bruce: He’s having an All-Star caliber season, so how can a team needing a power hitting outfielder not be interested? The risk in dealing Bruce is that if Yoenis Cespedes comes up lame again next year the Mets will be shopping for a bat again.
Granderson: If the asking price for Bruce is deemed too high, Granderson could be a good Plan B. However, Granderson has been hot over the past month which could draw more interest than otherwise expected.
GIVE TIME TO THE DESERVING: Michael Conforto, who is an All-Star by the way, T.J. Rivera and Wilmer Flores always seem to get the wrong end of the stick. They need to play and play every day. We know Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera won’t be with the Mets next season, so do we really need to see more of them?
DON’T GIVE UP YOUNG PITCHING: Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo haven’t pitched to expectations, but unless the Mets are blown away they should hold on to both. With all the pitching injuries the Mets have experienced this season – all but Jacob deGrom have been on the disabled list – they’d be wise to keep their depth.