Prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Mets did not dismantle their roster completely, trading significant pieces in Lucas Duda and Addison Reed but also acquiring one in AJ Ramos. Yet as the Mets continued to slip from even the fringes of contention, so too did their front office’s blueprint change. The latest evidence surfaced late Wednesday night, when the Mets traded outfielder Jay Bruce in a waiver deal to the Indians for right-handed pitching prospect Ryder Ryan.

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