Mets less involved in trade talks in July, seek top prospect for Parnell

Bobby Parnell and Marlon Byrd continue to appear in trade rumors, yet there are little signs indicating the Mets intend to trade them.


5:20 pm: The Mets seek a top prospect, a Zack Wheeler-type, for Parnell, tweets CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.


3:55 pm: “The Mets are not in any trade dialogue about Parnell, and a little about Marlon Byrd, but nothing serious at this point,” ESPN.com’s Buster Olney said late this afternoon on Twitter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

7:02 am: The deadline to make trades without having to pass players through waivers is Wednesday at 4:00 PM ET.

“We’ve got some guys,” Collins said, “but from everything I’m hearing right now, there’s no reason to think we’re going to change.”

The Mets were more involved in trade talks during June than they have been in July, according to people with other teams. This could change in the next few days, as teams start circling back on deals before the deadline. However, the way I understand, the Mets set a very high price for Byrd and Bobby Parnell in late June. Since then, they’ve been waiting for the market to meet their demand and so far that hasn’t happened.

For instance, in exchange for Byrd, sources say the Mets wanted a top prospect who can help now — not later. The same goes for Parnell, who is more likely to be held on to and discussed this winter in packages for a legit, impact hitter.

I’ve heard more than one insider tell me the Mets put out feelers on Rios, Angels 1B-OF Mark Trumbo, Brewers OF Norichika Aoki and Dodgers OF Andre Ethier. Sandy Alderson is said to be seeking guys who work counts, get on base and/or hit home runs, so I’m not sure how passionate he could have been about these players anyway…

The buzz at Citi Field during the All Star Game was that White Sox infielders Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez and Angels 2B Howie Kendrick were all available. I assume Alderson would have some interest considering the state of his infield. However, I have not heard their names connected to the Mets.

In addition to the outfielders mentioned above, M’s OF Michael Morse and Padres OF Carlos Quentin are rumored to be available. However, I keep hearing their respective teams are asking for your best young players in the deal. So, like the Mets with Parnell, both teams are more more likely to consider dealing these in-demand players this winter when more complex trade offers can be established.

Basically, it’s a really, really tight market. The Rangers seem to be the only team looking to overpay. The rest of league is cautious. There is an unprecedented number of teams who feel they’re in contention for a playoff spot and everyone is putting an incredibly high value on prospects, all of which is making the trade market very difficult to navigate.

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