Could Jacob deGrom end up as Mets’ biggest addition at deadline?

Billy Eppler, like many front-office executives these days,

Thinks about how transactions impact his team’s championship odds.

There is an internal system set up and any deal is weighed by the value of future

collateral versus how much you upgrade the chances to win it all. 

The Mets see Juan Soto as the kind of piece that greatly changes

The calculation. They also believed relatively quickly in the process 

That the Nationals were going to have a market for their best player