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Only the Mets could follow up an exciting win over the Washington Nationals with a garbage trade like they did last night.
Up 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning last night at Citi Field against the Nats, relief pitcher Brooks Raley comes in to record the save instead of New York's usual closer, David Robertson. Almost immediately after the game ended, the news broke that the Mets traded Robertson to the Miami Marlins for two minor leaguers, infielder Marco Vargas and catcher Ronald Hernandez, two guys who will never see a Major League diamond for the Mets.
Robertson was having a stellar year in New York, one of the very few bright spots on this 2023 Metropolitans team. With a 2.05 ERA and 14 saves over 44 innings pitched, and with the August 1st trade deadline still 5 days away at the time of the trade, General Manager Billy Eppler and the Mets blinked way too fast on this one and did NOT receive the maximum return that they could've seen for one of the better relief pitchers in baseball this year.
This officially means one thing: the fire sale is on for the New York Mets, as they throw in the towel on this abysmal 2023 season. After announcing at the beginning of this week that they hadn't yet decided on whether or not they were going to be buyers or sellers at the deadline, we now have our answer. Even though the Mets have played much better baseball in the month of July than they did in June, it seems to be too far gone. They're still 7 games out of a wild card spot, and a whopping 17 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. It'll take a Hail Mary miracle in order to make the playoffs at this point.
The 2023 Mets have been a colossal failure, and so far, this horrid David Robertson trade is the icing on the cake.
Be absolutely sure that we'll also have to witness painful returns for the likes of Tommy Pham, and Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer. Although, Verlander has been pitching much better as of late and has stated that he might use his no-trade clause in order to stay in New York.
Another Billy Eppler masterclass. If this guy isn't the bait that Steve Cohen is using in order to recruit Shohei Ohtani in free-agency this winter, then what the hell is he still doing here?
"I wanted to be here."
-David Robertson reacting to his trade postgame