Sandy Alderson said prior to the Mets’ 8-2 homestand that how the Mets fared would likely dictate the course that’s taken leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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, on Friday, Alderson said the jury is still out:
"I think the last 10 games were important because they make the next 10 games relevant to what happens at the trade deadline. We’ll see what happens over the next 10 days or so. But certainly the last 10 games have to make us a little more optimistic."
While the Mets are playing better and have put themselves in position to at least be relevant, Alderson said the team will not be making deals that import rental players:
"I don’t think we would deal significant prospects or significant value for somebody who is going to help us for a couple of months. We spent too much time improving our minor league system and setting ourselves up for the future to commit significant resources to somebody in a deal that is only going to help us for a short period of time. In that sense we would probably be looking for somebody who can help us longer term as well."
As it pertains to the Mets not dealing any important pieces for rental players, Alderson’s thinking is on point.
As far as the larger scheme of things, it’s understandable that the Mets are still not ready to make determinations.
While Alderson didnt’ mention it, it’s likely that Bartolo Colon will – rightly – be available, and the fate of Daniel Murphy is still up in the air.
Still, when it comes to improving the roster, even if the Mets continue to play at a high level between now and the trade deadline, it wouldn’t be surprising if the club either stood pat or failed to make any deals of consequence.
In order for the Mets to obtain what they’re seeking – reportedly a power hitting outfielder and a shortstop upgrade – other teams have to be willing to engage the Mets. At this point in time, it doesn’t appear as if any legitimate impact position players will be hitting the market.
One thing to keep an eye on is a potential prospect for prospect deal, but there’s nothing to suggest any such deal involving the Mets is likely before July 31.