The New York Mets made a bold move on the Sunday leading into the MLB Trade Deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a few prospects.
While the move, barring any subsequent trades, suggests a win-now mentality for the Mets, it did little to improve their World Series odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Mets were long shots at +10000 before the trade, and the number hasn't moved an inch post-trade.
It's uncertain what the Mets will do leading up to the deadline, as they are still rumored to deal one or more of starters Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, as well as closer Edwin Diaz. They can also potentially move other pieces, like vets Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas, but the Stroman trade was a curveball that many didn't expect as recent as a week ago.
The Mets are currently six games back from a Wild Card spot, but trail four teams who are also on the outside of the playoff picture. It would take a herculean effort for the Mets to not only make up the games, but for another five teams currently ahead of them to falter.
For now, at least, the Mets are not giving up on the 2019 season. All that can change, however, if they turn into sellers before the July 31 deadline.
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