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Mets waste Wheeler gem as bullpen falters in 9th

A day into his new position as the Mets’ interim point man and two hours prior to the start of New York’s series finale against the Pirates, assistant general manager John Ricco relayed to reporters what his team’s record states bluntly. The Mets plan to “be active at the Trade Deadline,” Ricco said, strongly hinting that they plan to be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver benchmark.

It is not difficult to see why. The Mets dropped to 32-46 after a 5-3 decision fell through their fingers Wednesday night at Citi Field, the second-worst mark in the National League. They are fed by one of the sport’s lowest-rated farm systems, and have assets to replenish it at the big league level. Outside of marquee names like Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets also have ancillary pieces that could garner impactful returns, should they choose to deal them. Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia qualify as members of that category.

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