May 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks to the media before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets stand pat as non-waiver trade deadline passes

The expectation entering Thursday was that the Mets would not make a trade prior to the 4 PM non-waiver trade deadline, and that expectation has now become reality.

The two players the Mets were seen as most likely to deal – Daniel Murphy and Bartolo Colon – never had a rumor with legs attached to their name.

The Mets were open to dealing Murphy, and teams inquired, but Murphy getting dealt never seemed like even a decent bet.

That wasn’t the case with Bartolo Colon, who many thought could be dealt even though the Mets stayed mum on their chances of dealing him.

While appearing on the MLB Network on Thursday, Joel Sherman said that teams shied away from Colon due to his age, weight, history with steroids, and salary.

The Mets can still make deals between now and August 31, but any player moved would first have to pass through waivers (or be claimed and dealt to the claiming team).

Dealing Colon in August is a distinct possibility.

Thoughts:

It certainly would’ve been great if the Mets acquired a long-term answer at either shortstop or outfield today, but it’s really not a big deal that they didn’t.

Thursday’s trade deadline was pure madness, but none of the big-name bats the Mets have been connected to (Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Javier Baez, Starlin Castro, etc.) were dealt. As has been suspected, any deal where the Mets import a big bat will have to wait until after the season.

In a day that revolved mainly around starting pitching being dealt to contenders, there were five notable offensive pieces that were dealt and who perhaps could’ve interested the Mets.

Of those, Yoenis Cespedes was dealt for Jon Lester, a deal the Mets could not have matched.

Allen Craig was dealt for John Lackey, who will make only $500,000 next year because of an odd contractual clause.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who is a free agent after the season, was dealt to the Nationals. For a contending team, Cabrera is a solid get. For a team like the Mets, in need of a long-term answer, acquiring Cabrera would’ve been a waste.

That leaves Nick Franklin – who the Mets were connected to over the winter – and Austin Jackson.

The above two players were dealt for one another as part of the David Price deal, and both may have fit with the Mets.

However, Jackson doesn’t hit for much power, and scouts still question whether Nick Franklin can handle shortstop.

The Mets are close to becoming legitimate contenders.

They didn’t get any closer on Thursday, but they didn’t do anything foolish either.

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