PITTSBURGH – The Mets are on the trade deadline deadline on Tuesday with the expectation that they will make at least two trades out of their Major League list.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Zack Wheeler remain the most likely candidates The club officials also include Wilmer Flores, Devin Mesoraco and Jose Bautista.
Two of the team's biggest names, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, are extreme long shots, given the quality and quantity of prospects that the Mets are looking for in return for both pitchers. Steven Matz also falls into the category of unlikely to trade in terms of Mets' targeted return and protecting the club's top prospects.
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The Reds, Rangers, Brewers, and Rockies are among the teams that have shown some level of interest to the 28-year-old Wheeler, who is under club control until 2019.
A thin start pitching market was cut by one on Thursday when the Blue Jays exchanged left-wing Happ for the Yankees. With several teams having to pitch, the Mets could wait until early next week before possibly picking up Wheeler to raise the price while the clock is ticking at 4pm on Tuesday.
But the Mets have not ruled Wheeler also received the club's one-year existence.
Cabrera, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, one homer, two runs and four RBIs in the Mets' 12-6 win against the Pirates on Thursday, sources say, arouses interest in 3-4 teams , and it is almost certainly assumed that after the season goes to a free agency. The veteran Infielder is still owed about $ 3 million, and it remains to be seen if the Mets are ready to earn salary to improve their return.
Last weekend, the Mets Jeurys Familia traded for the smaller leagues William Toffey and Bobby Wahl to Oakland, none of which was a highly regarded prospect in the athletics farm system. The A & # 39; s also absorbed the remaining $ 3 million that Familia owed.