Jacob deGrom will be Mets’ biggest MLB deadline addition

Jacob deGrom will be Mets’ biggest MLB deadline addition

Billy Eppler, like many front-office executives these days, thinks about how transactions impact his team’s championship odds. There is an internal system set up and any deal is weighed by the value of future collateral versus how much you upgrade the chances to win it all. 

The Mets see Juan Soto as the kind of piece that greatly changes the calculation. They also believed relatively quickly in the process that the Nationals were going to have a market for their best player to avoid having to consider dealing him within the NL East. 

The Mets have not seen anyone else in the market who could change their odds dramatically, unless the Angels really would deal Shohei Ohtani. And as the weekend was ending they also considered still too expensive the prices for the next level of player in which they were interested. 

Thus, their best current formula to improve their championship odds was health (notably for Jacob deGrom) plus supplementary improvements in areas of need. 

Keep in mind, though, that the deadline is the great truth serum. No trades can be made after Tuesday at 6 p.m. involving 40-man roster players (even waiver trades are a thing of the past). So, as the deadline nears, the Mets will see if prices drop or whether they will reveal to potential partners that their desperation is a little higher than they are letting on and will budge on a currently off-limit prospect or two. 

If not, they have dropped bread crumbs to their intentions. 

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

The acquisitions of Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin are designed for incremental improvements, as would the injury returns of Trevor May and James McCann. DeGrom is now set to make his 2022 major league debut on Tuesday night an hour after the deadline. If he returns in full, the Mets will have changed their championship odds in a substantial way. 

His return in conjunction with Max Scherzer and the strong, healthy work of Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker has notably kept the Mets mostly out of the starting pitching market. That is an amazing turnabout considering rotation depth was viewed as an area of concern even before deGrom and then Tylor Megill went down. 

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