Billy Eppler recaps deadline moves with Carton and Roberts: 'We feel we made the club better'


Mets general Billy Eppler is feeling good about his Mets heading into a crucial series with the Braves this weekend, and is feeling good about the deadline moves that bolstered his first-place club.

“This team is doing freakin’ awesome,” Eppler said.

As for the deadline, Eppler believes he and the rest of the front office put New York in a position to do even more “awesome” things down the stretch of the season.

“We started a touch earlier than everybody else, making an acquisition day one coming out of the All-Star break,” Eppler said. “In general, we were really trying to grow some run scoring and run prevention. However that can manifest itself, let’s be open to any avenue…we were able to grab Vogelbach early, so we knew he had this trade record hitting against right handed pitching and bring some slugging percentage with him.

“Grabbing Tyler Nauqin, another power bat to be able to play that right side of a platoon - that is not really gonna be a strict platoon for Buck - but if he wants to give Marte a day, give Canha a day…he can impact the baseball and give a good plate appearance.”

On deadline day, the Mets made a pair of moves that left some fans wanting more in Darin Ruf and Mychal Givens, but Eppler feels the team did enough to put themselves in position to contend for a World Series,

“He’s been one of the best hitters against left handed pitching in the last two seasons,” Eppler said. “That was something we were able to do, and then reinforce our bullpen with another depth piece to being in in Givens who has a track record of success and a familiarity with the manager…we feel we made the club better.”

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