Mets Writer: "There's No Saving This Team"

After failing to meet expectations this season, maybe it's time for the Mets to begin the rebuild

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
June 27, 2018 - 9:30 am

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports


Maybe it’s time for a reboot.

Starting the season as potential contenders in the NL East, the New York Mets (32-45) look like they are about to hit rock-bottom. The Mets beat the Pirates on Tuesday to snap a seven-game losing streak but might need to focus more on the franchise’s long-term future, especially considering they are 5-18 in June.

This is definitely the mindset that Matt Ehalt, a Mets reporter for The Record North Jersey, proposed on CBS Sports Radio. Discussing on how the Mets could possibly regroup by season’s end, Ehalt asserted that it might just be better to throw in the towel and begin planning on the rebuilding process.

“There’s no saving this team,” Ehalt said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This is a bad team. (The Mets front office hasn’t) said it publicly but they’re watching the same games all of us are. Certainly they know that this team is just not making the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see what happens here.”

Ehalt said that the Mets need to get younger and should unload some veterans before the July 31 trade deadline.

“They’re totally going to be sellers,” he said. “They need to get younger, they need to get more athletic, they need more talent, they need a better bullpen, they need to upgrade the offense, and they also need more top-end talent at the upper levels of their farm system.” 

The Mets could move Noah Syndergaard, 25, and Jacob deGrom, 30, but Ehalt believes that management is not keen on the idea of trading their aces.

“I don’t get the sense that they’re going to trade Syndergaard or deGroom, but it will be interesting to see what they do here,” Ehalt said. “This Mets team entered the year talking about trying to contend, so to go straight from contention to rebooting — I mean if you trade one of those guys, that kind of is signaling the reboot, and they said that’s not really what they want to do. I do think it is possible that maybe in the offseason they could readdress and see what their needs are.”

Still, it’s evident that moves will have to be made, which could include trading either Syndergaard or deGrom to improve in other areas.

“They’re going to have to do some radical things in the offseason,” Ehalt said. “They might have to trade some of these guys that they don’t want to trade. Let’s say they even hold on to Syndergaard and deGroom; in the offseason, you might have to say, ‘Hey, do we need to trade one of these guys to make up for some of the absences there?’ Having one ace is certainly great, but having two aces on a bad team might be a little bit of a luxury at this point. It’s going to be something that they’re really going to have to take a look at because this team does not really come across as one that is a super quick fix.

“They got some tough decisions to make.”