New York May Want To Start Dealing For The Future Beyond 2017

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Troubles continue to mount for the Mets, who scratched right hander Jacob deGrom from his last scheduled start against the San Diego Pades. Although manager Terry Collins said the decision was an issue of weather and not a physical one, fans have to be at least a little concerned.
After all, the club that was supposed to contend with Washington for the National League East championship, currently finds itself seven and a half games out of first. Even more distressing for fans is the fact that the Mets are six games under .500, a disappointing record for a club that won the pennant in 2015 and reached the playoffs last season.
Some pundits are suggesting that New York should cede the 2017 season, since the Mets have already lost key figures to injuries. All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespides is currently on the disabled list, as is starter Noah Syndergaard and veteran third baseman David Wright.
Baseball columnist Tom Gatto of recommended that the Mets give playing time to their top prospects, who will accelerate a rebuilding process. Among those who should be promoted from the Minor Leagues, according to Gatto, are third baseman Amed Rosario, first baseman Dominic Smith, second baseman Gavin Cecchini and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
In order for these youngsters to get playing time, the Mets need to trade some of their regular veterans. Several of their former All-Stars are in the last year of their contracts, making them easier to deal to teams needing to bolster their rosters for a shot at the postseason.
There are three players in particular New York is likely to swap in order to clear the way for its top prospects, starting with infielder Jose Reyes. He has really struggled this year, but he could certainly help a young contending team with his versatility and his experience.
Outfielder Jay Bruce has shown the power that has been characteristic of his career, and is eligible for free agency after the season. Plenty of contenders would be glad to add his left handed power without having the financial obligation beyond the 2017 season.
Another All-Star outfielder, Curtis Granderson, has a contract that expires when the 2017 season ends. He does not offer quite as much power as Bruce, but he would provide much more agility and better defense for interested contenders.
Much of the season still remains, and the Mets will have several players returning from the D.L. in June. They have made strong runs in the second half the past two years, but the hole they have dug after the first two months may be too deep to overcome in 2017. New York may be better off preparing for the future.
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