This post originally appeared July 19, 2014…
Sandy Alderson indicated that he has yet to have significant talks with other GMs about potential trades, he told reporters in San Diego on Friday.
“It’s hard to say exactly what will happen on the trade market,” he said. “Honestly, I haven’t had a lot of conversations. So it’s not clear to me what the opportunities will be. We’ll just have to wait and see. My hope is things pick up a little bit as we get into the schedule after the All-Star break, and maybe even after this weekend. But right now we’re just kind of canvassing the possibilities.”
Earlier in the day, he said the Mets will not trade prospects for players in the final year of their contracts at the trade deadline (NY Post, July 18).
That said, while it’s possible he could trade away a veteran player for another team’s young players, he added, “It wouldn’t be our first choice, I don’t think, but it’s a possibility.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
No doubt, most fans will freak out over this and see it as Sandy sitting on his hands. The reality is that most GMs are called in when a legitimate opportunity develops. The preliminary work is mostly done by his staff, specifically John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi’s team of player development people. They have ‘low level talks,’ as people say, to start, and if a match starts to materialize, GMs get involved to close the deal. So, Sandy’s above quote likely indicates no deal is close in a market that has been slow to develop in a meaningful way – probably because so many teams remain on the fence between in and out of contention. And, I’m sure this is the case for most teams at this point…