They say that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Well, whatever the New York Mets have been doing over the past month and a half seems to be working, and so there was no reason to change it, even as the MLB trade deadline came and went.
Ever since Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a walk-off home run against the Chicago Cubs on June 16, the Mets have looked like a bona fide major league team, something that wasn’t always the case throughout much of May and the early part of June. Since that game, the Mets are 23-18. Over that time, the Mets are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the NL East.
It’s unlikely that the Mets will be able to become a factor in the playoff race this season, but by keeping their roster intact they have a chance of giving their fan base something they haven’t had in a while, which is a strong second half. And there are plenty of reasons to think the Mets will continue to play well in the second half of the season.
There were plenty of players the Mets could have traded before the deadline, but the only players that other teams seemed interested in acquiring were Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell. With regards to Byrd, teams seemed unwilling to pay the Mets’ price to acquire him, although that price was more than fair. With Parnell, the Mets were right to hold onto him, as he could continue to be their closer for years to come after being one of the best late-game relievers in the National League this season.
By not making any moves, the Mets may lose out on some prospects and more than likely those prospects would not have amounted to much. What the Mets gain is a chance to stay competitive for the rest of the season and continue to give their fan base a sneak peak at what could be a promising future.
Right now, the Mets need to prove to their fans that they will be contenders in the future, and by not being sellers at the trade deadline, those actions speak louder than any words that can come out of the mouth of general manager Sandy Alderson. The message of those actions is that being a winning ball club and a competitive team could be right around the corner.