The New York Mets are in a difficult spot. And it is not one that anyone could have expected.
They have been one of the most disappointing teams in the majors this season, sitting below .500 as the halfway point approaches. Despite a roster filled with some of the biggest names in the game, the highest payroll in MLB history, and a plethora of future Hall of Famers, the Mets have not had any momentum at all. If anyone had stated that the Pirates would have a better record at the end of June, one would have thought they were certifiable.
New York Mets owner Steve Cohen not delusional about team
Given the Mets’ disappointing season, and owner Steve Cohen’s deep pockets, it would not be overly shocking if the team attempted to spend their way out of their doldrums. However, that will not be the case. Cohen stated that if the Mets are not better by the trade deadline, they will look to sell. It would be a truly disappointing outcome for a team with such high expectations at the start of the year.
The Mets have several players that would be appealing at the deadline. Max Scherzer would reportedly be open to waiving his no trade clause in the right situation. David Robertson, Tommy Pham, Adam Ottavino, and Carlos Carrasco could attract plenty of attention on the trade block. The Mets have also started some of those deals by sending Eduardo Escobar to the Angels. New York’s great sell off could just be starting.
As strange as it may seem, this is a good sign for the Mets going forward. Cohen is not living in a fantasy world and is capable of seeing the Mets for what they are. If they struggle, he will let the front office sell. He will open the checkbook to bring in needed pieces. And while he may be a constant presence on Twitter, he does stay out of the way. The Mets may be disappointing, but they are in good hands for the future.
Changes could be coming to the New York Mets in the coming weeks. If they do not start winning, some players could be out the door.