Jul 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Miami Marlins 5-4 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Has the Mets' "buyers or sellers" question been answered?

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Prior to the Mets’ 10-game homestand that wraps up Sunday afternoon, general manager Sandy Alderson intimated that how the Mets performed during the homestand would likely determine the course the team takes at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The Mets have so far gone 7-2 on the homestand, and will either finish 8-2 or 7-3.

So, has the “buyers or sellers” question been answered?

While the Mets’ recent performance has some (including yours truly) believing that the Mets may finally be ready to turn a corner, it doesn’t mean that the 2014 version is ready to seriously contend.

When it comes to what the Mets will do at the deadline, there are really two players whose future with the club has been bandied about repeatedly: Daniel Murphy and Bartolo Colon.

It may not look good if the Mets, at 6 or so games out of first place, deal Murphy for a player or players that won’t immediately contribute to the big league club.

However, the team shouldn’t be operating based on how things look. Rather, they should be operating with the long-term interests of the team in mind.

If the Mets have already determined that they don’t feel Murphy is worth what he’ll get on the open market after 2015, he should be dealt. How the team is currently performing should have little bearing on that.

As far as Colon is concerned, it’s been the belief of many that the club signed him with the idea of eventually trading him.

With the Mets starting-pitching-rich in the majors and minors, dealing Colon makes total sense.

If Colon is dealt, the Mets can leave Daisuke Matsuzaka in the rotation for the time being, and eventually replace him with Noah Syndergaard.

Heading into 2015, even if Colon is traded, the Mets will still have a surplus with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, and Rafael Montero.

As has been pointed out many times, the Mets’ “buyers or sellers” question is a nuanced one.

The Mets were never expected to hold a fire sale, nor should they have been.

However, making measured moves with an eye on the future during what is likely still a non-contending season, is the prudent way to go about things – regardless of how successful the team has been of late.

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