Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."
That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.
"We have to listen to other opportunities, we have to be open-minded to offers that are presented to us to players that exist on this roster and be mindful of what next year looks like as well. Those will be the factors that go into our decision-making."
Van Wagenen said that while the expected core (which included what he hoped to be shutdown starting pitching) might have changed now that Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil have emerged as potential franchise cornerstones, the thought process has not changed as it pertains to the immediate future of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
"I would fully expect those guys to be on our roster. I think that we have some expiring contracts that are attractive to people and we have had a number of incoming calls on players that we have control of beyond this year. But at this point we're expecting those players to be part of us going forward."
One of those expiring contracts belongs to Zack Wheeler. Others include Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas.
"Significant volume, lots of dialogue. An overwhelming amount of incoming calls," Van Wagenen said when asked to describe the interest from other teams in the Mets' players to this point.
But while the Mets have plenty of players who are attractive to other teams, Van Wagenen suggested numerous times during his State of the Mets Address on Friday that moves the team makes in advance of the deadline will be done with an eye on not hurting their chances to contend in 2020.