The New York Mets and GM Brodie Van Wagenen seem open to selling and trading some key pieces before next week's trade deadline, potentially including Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and even Edwin Diaz.
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are understood to be interested in most (if not all) of these accomplished pitchers... but the Mets don't want to deal any of them to these clubs because they're afraid of being outsmarted.
Wait, what? You don't want to trade certain players to certain teams because you don't think you are smart enough not to get hosed? If you believe that, then why are you running a baseball team at all, big man?
Even though that may be ludicrous, they aren't wrong and at least they are being honest about who they are currently as an organization.
The Astros, for their part, have expressed interest in Wheeler if he does well in his return start tonight against Pittsburgh, writes Jon Heyman of MLB.com.
So, is nothing going to happen simply because the Mets don't trust their ability to fetch a good deal? No, the Mets are not one of the more analytically inclined organizations out there, but that'd be a tough pill to swallow, especially if Wheeler walks after the season.
You can understand not wanting to trade Syndergaard right now because you could get more for him in the offseason, but you have to move Wheeler to the highest bidder unless they are ready to give him an extension.
I can honestly say I've never heard an organization be that forthright.