Sep 24, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Ramos (44) pitches in the ninth inning Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. The Miami Marlins defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Today marks an exciting day in Major League Baseball. Between now and 4:00 p.m. EST, MLB teams can freely trade players. This is the deadline when teams must decide if they are buyers, sellers, or Sweden. And every so often, a MLB team throws you a curveball. See what I did there?? The New York Mets have taken an interesting approach to the MLB Trade Deadline. Last night, they caused the baseball world to scratch their heads, as they traded FOR AJ Ramos, formerly of the Miami Marlins.
Why is this odd?? This is puzzling because the Mets are sellers in this year’s trade market. So buying a closer is, on the surface, a head-scratcher. However, for the first time in New York Mets history, there is another layer beneath the surface. Mind = Blown!! Just moments ago, the Mets traded Addison Reed (their former closer). This, while expected for weeks, is now smarter than it appears.
Let’s lay this out like a Math problem. Ugghhhh, but Dave, I hate Math. I know, but here at DaveTalksSports, I make you love Math. Well, here goes nothing Math Wiz’s:
3 prospects > 2 prospects.
Closer under contract > Closer about to be Free Agent.
That’s right. In the past 24 hours, the Mets were able to make 2 trades, when added together, brings a sum of a positive number.
Allow me to explain this, in English, for all those reading this and saying, “I still don’t get it.”
The Mets received 3 prospects in return for Addison Reed (an expiring contract). And the Mets gave away 2 prospects for AJ Ramos (1-year remaining under contract). Plus, AJ Ramos is a lot better than Addison Reed. So, the Mets actually did something, albeit unconventional, SMART!!
Nice work Sandy Alderson. Now, if you can only trade Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson in the next 4 hours, you’ll be the General Manager of the Year. Good luck.
What do you think of the New York Mets trades in the past 24 hours?? Who else do you think they’ll trade before the 4 p.m. deadline??
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