After suffering the worst loss in the biggest game of the season, the New York Mets have dropped to 7.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals and 3.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves for the Wild Card spots.
When asked if the Mets were buyers or sellers, Mets GM Sandy Alderson his team are “buyers”. However after suffering their first five game winning streak of the season, the Mets look to be slipping out of contention but still have hope for the playoffs thus turning the team into a “wait-and-see” mentality should the team slip out of contention before the deadline
Two names that are associated with the Mets this deadline are Royals closer Jonathan Broxton and A’s reliever Grant Balfour.
Broxton, 28, has been plagued with injuries in both 2010 and 2011, but is having a solid rebound year. Broxton notched 22 saves for the Royals this season and has a 2.14 era. The seven year veteran has pitched for Dodgers teams that have reached the NLCS in both 2008 and 2009. Broxton has the pedigree to pitch in the big games and has a chance to help propel the Mets into the playoffs.
Balfour, 34, has been around the block but could bolster the bullpen. The eight year journeyman has pitched for the Twins, Brewers, and Rays before landing with the Athletics. The owner of a 3.12 ERA and seven saves has held his own in the American League and could benefit from facing less lethal National League hitter.
The Mets bullpen has blown 16 saves this season and can’t afford any more blown saves anytime soon.