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Mets sweep Pirates before big trade news

Each day after the Mets win again, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen pops his head into their clubhouse to congratulate them. Since the All-Star break, the Mets are playing the way Van Wagenen thought they could when he assembled this roster. The GM is pleased.

But the recent run of success is not making his job any easier. Even after finalizing a deal for Marcus Stroman on Sunday, Van Wagenen must decide if he will make another splashy move (Noah Syndergaard to the Padres?), a lesser deal (Zack Wheeler to the Braves?) or nothing at all as he looks to retool this franchise. The Mets’ 8-7 win over the Pirates at Citi Field improved their record to 10-5 since the All-Star break, providing evidence that they can compete. Yet their sluggish move up the standings offers a reality check that it may be too little, too late.