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All eyes are on Billy Eppler.

The New York Mets general manager, who has amassed the biggest payroll in baseball, appears to be a busy man heading into the August 2 trade deadline.

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That’s according to USA Today’s Big Nightengale, who said he expects the Mets to be one of the busiest clubs in the trade market, based on an informal survey of general managers. , baseball executives and scouts.

Come on, you think the owner of the Mets Steve Cohen will it stop now? He smells of the playoffs. … The Mets certainly won’t let money get in their way. Perhaps their most pressing need is to find another starter, and they’ve already done some scouting (Luis) Castillo and (Tyler) Mahle of the Reds. Of course, the winner of Cy Young Max Scherzer The return is scheduled for the end of July. As Jacob deGrom says his shoulder feels normal and he’ll be back after the All-Star break, too. Still, the big unknown is deGrom. He hasn’t pitched a game since July 7, 2021. … They’ll need another starter if they want this year to be memorable. Considering they’re all into it, would it surprise anyone to see them chasing Willson Contreraseven if it means assuming the outfielder’s remaining $33 million by Jason Heyward Contract?

The Mets (33-17) enter the field Tuesday against the Washington Nationals with an impressive 9.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves (23-26) in the National League East.


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