The New York Mets were right to stay quiet at the MLB trade deadline, but rumors indicate that things could be heating up prior to the waiver trade deadline at the end of August. With reports that minor leaguers Robert Carson, Matt den Dekker and Anthony Recker are on their way to New York, it stands to reason that multiple player moves could be made within the next day or two, and that could include trades.
The most prominent player that could be traded is outfielder Marlon Byrd. The Mets had a high but fair asking price for Byrd before the non-waiver deadline, but no team was willing to meet that price. The price for Byrd may have fallen, but at this point in the season, the Mets have no need to keep him, since he likely isn’t in their plans beyond this season.
Another likely candidate to be traded is catcher John Buck, who is a great candidate for a non-waiver trade. With top prospect Travis d’Arnaud in the big leagues and playing almost every day, Buck is expendable for the Mets and would make a good addition to a contending team.
Other players that the Mets could be looking to trade include LaTroy Hawkins, Eric Young, Pedro Feliciano and Lucas Duda, among many others that were possibilities at the non-waiver deadline.
At this point in the season, the Mets have little use for players that will not be on their roster next season. They may not be able to get a top-notch prospect in return, but they can definitely continue to strengthen their farm system. General manager Sandy Alderson was right to not do anything at the non-waiver deadline, but now is the time for him to start moving some of his trade chips.