By Paul Festa @pauljfesta on June 18, 2014
The Jul. 31 trade deadline will soon be upon us, and if the New York Mets keep playing like they are, they should be sellers. Whether they will be or not is up to GM Sandy Alderson, but if they do choose to unload some payroll for prospects, here are five players who are likely candidates to be on the block.
The Mets shopped Daniel Murphy during the offseason, but couldn't find a deal they could live with. Murphy has been the Mets' best hitter this year, and second-best over the last few years. Alderson is not going to trade him unless he gets some serious value back. Murphy is under team control through 2015, so there's no rush, unless the Mets want to save the .8 million he's making this season.
After a rough start, Bartolo Colon has been outstanding for the Mets. If New York is in contention in July, there's no question Colon would still be wearing orange and blue. But if the Mets are falling away from the rest of the pack of the NL East, it would make sense to trade Colon and the rest of his two-year, million contract away, preferably for a hitting prospect. At that time, the Mets could bring up Noah Syndergaard to replace him.
Like Colon, Bobby Abreu is a 40-something-year-old who's been playing great baseball for the Mets. Also like Colon, he'd still be a help to New York if the team is in contention in July. But if the Mets are out of contention, a better team would love to have his left-handed bat on their bench.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has done everything the Mets have asked him, and he's done it well. He's been an old-fashioned swingman, starting some games, working out of the bullpen in others. He's been a long man, set-up man and closer. He's sped up his mound routine, and despite a 6.5 walk rate per nine innings, he has a 2.81 ERA. It's questionable how much the Mets would get in return, however.
Chris Young is more of a "should trade" than a "will be traded." Young would bring virtually nothing back in return, if any team would want to take a chance on him. But the Chris Young experiment has not worked out, and the Mets need to separate themselves from him as soon as possible.
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