The highest paid team in major league baseball history is heading towards the stock exchange. The New York Mets are sellers.
At the beginning of the 2023 season, the Mets had the highest combined payroll in the league, amounting in the $350M range. Despite the high money numbers, overall performance and stats have not backed up the buying efforts.
Currently, the Mets are 48-54, a sub .500% team that resides 17 games out of first and 7 games out of the final Wild Card transfer spot.
Many speculated on New York’s status as the trade deadline approached, most saying that the team would be both buyers and sellers. As of now it looks like the front office is going full-sell, trading off star closer David Robertson.
Robertson was brought in via a one-year contract to take over Edwin Diaz’s closer role, as he resides at home with season-missing injury. In 40 games Robertson has pitched to a 2.05 ERA.
New York traded Robertson to the Miami Marlins for two prospects: Ronald Hernandez and Marco Vargas.
Both prospects are below the age of 20 and played on the FCL Marlins.
Vargas, 18, is a lefty hitter who plays around the diamond. In 120 at-bats this season, a .283 average stands with a .899 OPS.
Hernandez, 19, is a catcher with solid framing. Overall, the Venezuelan is a solid prospect that could begin 2024 in low-A. He has a .298 average in 104 at-bats with 25 RBIs.