It’s the deadest deadline ever, not just in Queens

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets are still saying they almost certainly will remain quiet today, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweeted early Wednesday afternoon.

Thankfully, it’s not just the Mets.

“I think this goes down in history as deadest deadline day ever,” a team executive recently told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, who said he can’t believe all the teams saying they have nothing going on.

This is likely because so many teams feel they’re in contention for a playoff spot, especially in the National League. Also, free-agent compensation and the high value on prospects has really raised prices to a point of gridlock.

silenceIn what is probably not a coincidence, five reporters (Buster Olney, Kevin Burkhardt, David Lennon, Anthony DiComo and Joel Sherman) all tweeted at the same time that the Mets are not likely to make a deal today.

“Still could do something, but unlikely,” the executive told DiComo.

Last week on MetsBlog, I said, “My gut feeling is Byrd and Parnell will both be on the Mets after July 31,” because the sense I got was that Sandy Alderson set super high prices for his players and then let the market come to him.

In that post, I quoted an anonymous source familiar with the team’s thinking as saying, “It’s not likely they’ll get traded, but anything is possible.”

In the last day or so, I’ve talked to people around the game and it’s obvious the Mets continue to get calls on Byrd. Still, I hear they keep asking for a top prospect who can jump right in to the big-league lineup, which is what they told teams around the All-Star break.

Similarly, according to a tweet from Newsday’s David Lennon, the Mets got calls on Dillon Gee earlier this month, “but nothing developed.”

The moral of the story is this: Sandy Alderson wants to stockpile prospects. However, he also wants to win and sees value in finishing this season strong. There is something to be gained from positive momentum entering this winter and having the Mets in a place where fans, players, media and outside talent see them as heading in the right direction. And, I guess they feel Byrd and Parnell can help them do that in the second half better than any players being offered to them in trade proposals.