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Sandy Alderson says next homestand will determine what Mets do at deadline

By Danny Abriano

With the Mets a season-high 10 games under .500, and their offense showing no signs of lifting the club out of their malaise, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says the Mets are not yet ready to declare themselves “sellers.”

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

However, even though Alderson believes the Mets are better than their record indicates, he stated that the Mets’ next homestand (a 10-game stretch beginning Friday) will determine whether or not the Mets become sellers before the trade deadline:

"Alderson suggested that their course depends on “what happens over the next 10 to 12 days.”In any case, it doesn’t sound like the Mets are ready to make wholesale changes.“We kind of like our team,” Alderson said. “If you look at the run differential, we should be a .500 team. We’re not. At the same time, it doesn’t mean we should throw everyone overboard.”"


Unless the Mets have an exceptional homestand (think 7-3 or better), they should absolutely be open for business leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

That doesn’t mean trade everyone, and it also doesn’t mean the club should be looking for low-level prospects in exchange for their established pieces.

Rather, they should be looking to deal Bartolo Colon, and perhaps one other starting pitcher not named Zack Wheeler or Jon Niese for near-ready or ready pieces.

They should also take calls on Daniel Murphy, unless they feel like signing him long-term after 2015 is something they want to do.

Even if the Mets do have a tremendous homestand, they should still dangle Colon – who should have lots of value to a contender, and whose presence on the Mets in 2015 likely won’t be necessary.