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The Mets did something on Thursday we haven’t seen much of this season — they snatched victory from the jaws of what looked like a sure defeat vs. the Nationals. Unfortunately, that didn’t prevent New York from trading David Robertson to the Marlins.

General manager Billy Eppler netted shortstop Marco Vargas and catcher Ronald Hernandez in return. Both are teenagers who were playing in the Florida Complex League. Here’s what their stats look like so far this season:

And here’s what Eppler said about the prospects they received in exchange for Robertson:

Obviously, this is not a situation the Mets want to be in at this point of the season. But this is the reality of where they’re at record-wise and in the standings. Robertson is one of three players that were most likely to be traded if the Mets decided to sell off some pieces. Tommy Pham and Mark Canha are the other two still left from that trio. For the time being.

But of course, given how disappointing this season has been for the Mets, selling gives them an opportunity to continue re-stocking the farm system. While updates on prospect rankings at MLB.com will be forthcoming, Vargas and Hernandez are immediately two of the Mets’ top 20 prospects:

Former Mets radio announcer, Wayne Randazzo, made a great point after news about this started circulating. After an expensive winter and having championship expectations heading into 2023, touting two teenage prospects years away from the big leagues is a hard sell for Mets fans. And that’s understandable.

In an ideal world, New York would be holding onto Robertson. But as we can see, nothing about this year has been ideal for the Mets. At the very least, they’ve added two intriguing players who will be considered among of their top prospects. And according to lots of talent evaluators and minor-league experts, the Mets made out very well here.

We’ll just have to wait and see how their respective futures eventually pan out and how it impacts the organization.

You can reach Matt Musico at matt.musico@xlmedia.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @mmusico8.

Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.