So what do the Mets have to get done by Friday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline?
Don’t ask the players who currently occupy the clubhouse. The core of this roster got to the top of the NL East together, so these Mets believe they can finish the job, too.
“We have such a good group,” Pete Alonso said before Wednesday night’s game against the Braves. “Maybe other guys think about that stuff privately, but for me, I haven’t talked to anybody that’s necessarily worried about any of that.
“I don’t know what we need. We got experts and people in the front office that know best. But honestly, we’re just out there grinding every day and it’s been fun with these guys.”
Two days earlier, acting GM Zack Scott stood at a Citi Field podium and discussed at length his efforts to improve the Mets, in virtually every area. The rotation was the main priority, but contenders always look to strengthen the bullpen this time of year, and the absence of Francisco Lindor (oblique strain) opened up the possibility of a high-profile replacement (Trevor Story, Javy Baez) that could play other positions once he does return in mid-August.
What the front office thinks, however, doesn’t always match the view from the clubhouse downstairs. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto found himself under siege earlier this week after he traded closer (and pending free agent) Kendall Graveman to the division-rival Astros in the middle…