Deadline Comes And Goes, Mets Silent
The trading deadline passed at 4 p.m. today, and the Mets made no moves. As reported by Adam Rubin here, the Mets fielded some inquiries on Marlon Byrd, but the offers were not adequate to inspire Sandy Alderson to pull the trigger on a deal. As Rubin points out, there was little activity around Bobby Parnell, who had been rumored to be attractive to contending teams in need of a closer (Boston or Detroit until recently). So, the Mets will go with what they have for the last 2 months of the season, and keep their prospects for possible off-season deals.
Jul 26, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd (6) smiles in the dugout during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
While many of us wanted to see the Mets be active at the deadline, and perhaps reel in a potent bat, it simply is not realistic to get that done during the season. Many teams are still in contention, especially with two wild cards in each league, so impact players are less likely to be available. In addition, while the Mets have some pieces that may have been of interest to contenders (Byrd, Buck, Hawkins), it would not have been wise to move them for long-shot prospects. Things are going well with the team right now, and these veteran players are more valuable in Queens than the opportunity to move them to add mid-level prospects.
Now, the next phase of Alderson’s plan will have to wait until the off-season. While no deals were made by the Mets today, they probably have a better idea of who may and may not be available to them this winter. They also likely have a stronger feel for what it will take to obtain the players they seek (they probably heard the name “Syndergaard” more often than they cared to). In any event, the Mets are committed to competing with the players they have for the time being. With a 15-12 in July, that may not be such a bad thing.
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