Regardless of what happens with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and other high-profile Mets who may or may not be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the team’s reorganized front office will spend the final three months of this season looking forward, ever forward, to 2019.
Barring a late charge back into contention — and the Mets dampened those prospects with an 8-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday, their ninth in 10 games — the team’s top priority will be building for the future.
The first step is gathering intelligence. The Mets gained a bit more knowledge Friday about their No. 14 prospect Corey Oswalt, who gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first Major League start after being pressed into emergency duty in place of deGrom. They learned plenty about fellow rookie Tyler Bashlor, who picked up the bullpen with 2 2/3 frames of one-run relief. They added data points on Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith and others who remain part of New York’s future.
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