Rosenthal: Mets choices at the deadline; A-Rod and Luhnow in touch; more notes – The Athletic

A rival executive predicts the Mets will be a “surprising player” at the trade deadline, reasoning the team gained financial flexibility when right-hander Marcus Stroman and outfielder Yoenis Céspedes opted out of the 2020 season.

Other executives expect Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to be aggressive as he tries to save his job with the sale of the team nearing completion. And still others believe the Wilpon ownership will endorse one last postseason push before they yield control of the club.

Sounds intriguing, but none of the above narratives will necessarily come to fruition. The 2020 deadline is complicated for a variety of reasons — the shorter regular season, the expanded postseason, the threat of disruption from COVID-19. For the Mets, it’s even more complicated.

David Samson, who was the Marlins’ president when the team was sold to the Bruce Sherman-Derek Jeter group in October 2017, tweeted on Monday,…

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