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Terry Collins, Jacob deGrom downplay Mets trade rumors

The New York Mets (41-50, 15 games out in the NL East) very well could be sellers leading up to the July 31 MLB trade deadline. But even if that’s the case, Mets skipper Terry Collins is attempting to keep the clubhouse together by pointing out that until a deal is made, every player on the roster should be committed to the organization, saying, “You’re a New York Met until you’re not.”

Among the most notable names reportedly on the trade market is starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who rumors suggest has piqued the interest of some teams, most notably the Houston Astros.

deGrom is enjoying a standout season despite the team’s overall struggles, posting a 10-3 record and a 3.48 ERA.

But the Mets current ace insists he remains focused even as rumors swirl around him.

“We’ve got a job to do here, so that’s just kind of how you look at it,” deGrom said, via NJ.com. “You never know what’s going to happen, and you come here and get ready to play the game every day. So I think you just prepare the same way you have the whole time you’ve been here and just kind of not worry about that other stuff.”

Collins, whose goal of notching 90 wins despite the slow start face slimmer odds with each passing day, insisted players must remain focused despite all the distractions.

“You can’t go home at night and think, ‘Where am I going to be tomorrow?’ You’ve got to say to yourself, ‘Hey, I’m going to be out there tomorrow, I’m going to play tomorrow at Citi Field and I’ve got to get ready,'” Collins said. “The rest of that stuff is out of your control. If you let that get to you, it’s going to effect the way you play the next day, and you can’t. Because ultimately, if you don’t play well that day you’re not going to get traded anyway.”

The Mets are going in the wrong direction, having suffered through a tumultuous, injury-plagued 2017 campaign. Expect the Mets to make some moves, but trading deGrom? That’s a tricky one.