3:20 pm: Mets officials said earlier today that there was just a 25% chance of them making a trade this afternoon; now it’s even less, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (MLB Network, July 31).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
12:11 pm: It sounds to me like the Mets will end up doing nothing before today’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. The lack of action is less about Sandy Alderson sitting on his hands and more about teams not coming up to his asking price…
Based on what I’ve heard from other organizations, the Mets let teams know weeks ago that it will take a lot to acquire Bartolo Colon and/or Daniel Murphy, and they will only move Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, etc., in a deal for a young hitter, under contract beyond next season.
That said, I see no evidence of an impact, middle-of-the-order hitter being available in this trade market. And I don’t think Sandy Alderson is being very proactive or willing to overpay to change that. Instead, he and his staff will likely lay groundwork in hopes of finding a more fair deal for this type of hitter this winter. So, based on how they’ve handled trades and deadlines in the past, I bet Alderson and his staff are spending today fielding calls and circling back with teams they’ve talked with before (such as the Tigers, Giants, Blue Jays, Brewers, Royals, Nationals and others), while checking to see if anyone is desperate to sell or willing to overpay (specifically for Colon), and, if not,- the deadline will come and go with not much happening in Queens.
This is disappointing…
The Mets are 15-10 in July. I like how the lineup is locked in at the top. I’d like to see one other regular hitter after Lucas Duda. He doesn’t have to be a star. But, as long as he’s an every-day player, who has a track record and can hit behind Duda — say Alex Rios or Asdrubal Cabrera or Josh Willingham – someone that can help to lengthen the lineup, just one more guy, I think it can make a significant-enough difference on this season.
I think they can get by as is and still make a run at .500. They don’t have to add a hitter. However, acquiring even an average player, who could hit sixth, would send a good message to players and fans that the front office isn’t just floating, always building, and only looking beyond today to tomorrow.
It’s one thing to talk about 90 wins in a private meeting, or tell us you’re turning a corner; it’s another to actually show that you believe in what you’re saying. I think we’d all benefit from a shot of confidence, even if a small shot, that would say, “We believe right now, let’s do it.”