Today in Atlanta, Mets SP Jacob deGrom threw a gem, pitching seven innings while one giving up one run. What was the final result? Another Mets loss. After getting off to a very hot start and looking poised for the playoffs early in the season, the Mets are now 28-36, and are 10 games back in the NL East. This is coming off of a 2017 campaign where they finished 70-92 and 27 games back of first place. It’s safe to say, the Mets are no longer the same team that went to the 2015 World Series, but rather a shell of their old selves. They simply can’t stay healthy, and their offense is at the bottom of every statistical category. The worst part about this in a sense is that their vision for the rotation is working, as their starting pitchers, such as deGrom, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo, are all putting up great numbers. None of their free agent acquisitions are panning out though, as Jason Vargas has an ERA of 7.71, Jay Bruce is hitting .216, and Todd Frazier is only hitting .227. What does this mean? It means that the Mets need to take a step back, get younger, and go through a quick rebuilding phase. The only way to do that is to trade deGrom. Is a package for deGrom, the Mets could probably land 4 Top 100 Prospects, and 2 wildcard prospects (amazing power, throws 100+ MPH, etc.). That could strengthen up their farm system in a hurry all for the cost of one starting pitcher. deGrom is a free agent in 2021 and is already 29. Therefore, he doesn’t really fit the Mets window of contending. Now is the perfect time to trade deGrom, as he’s got multiple years of club control left, and has a 1.55 ERA. The Mets don’t have to trade him, and shouldn’t unless they are given the standards previously mentioned. However, if they do get an offer like that, they can’t refuse it. They still have an ace in Noah Syndergaad, and will make their team a lot better set for the future in the process. The Mets aren’t going to be able to win by keeping it the same, so they need to commit to a short and quick rebuild by trading deGrom.