On July 31, 2019, the Mets sat at 52-55, 11 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. The direction the organization took was confusing, as even if the Mets somehow made a late run, it was highly unlikely that they'd manage any kind of competitive stand in the playoffs. The right move was to sell off assets at the MLB trade deadline, including Noah Syndergaard.

Instead, perhaps lured by the possibility of sneaking in to the second Wild Card spot in the National League, the Mets stood pat, not relinquishing any key pieces and leaning into a rebuild. Now, with the recent news that Syndergaard will require Tommy John surgery for a torn ligament in his elbow, the Mets may have blown their best chance to add notable value. And that's something they ought to regret.