New York Mets Stick to Their Guns as Trade Deadline Passes
We have seen an abundance of trades go down this afternoon. A few of them being blockbusters, which might put the respective teams who made the deals in position to compete for the World Series. The New York Mets remained quiet through the entire Trade Deadline, which was definitely the right thing for them to do. Some Mets fans might not like the fact that they weren’t active through the deadline, but clearly there was no deal that overwhelmed Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.
We have heard for months about teams having interest in Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy, but we will be seeing them both take the field for the Mets in the foreseeable future. Like I said in an earlier article, the best thing the team could do at this time was hold on to the two veterans, and they did that. Besides the value of Colon may be higher this offseason, due to the fact that he would have only one year and $11 million left on his deal.
Usually after every deadline I look back on it and say the Mets could have made this move or that move but this year that just wasn’t the case. I feel like if they made a trade it wouldn’t have made any sense for them. Out of all the players who were dealt today I feel that only one could have fit the Mets needs and that was former St. Louis Cardinals first basemen/outfielder Allen Craig.
Craig is in the midst of a down year so the Mets could have potentially bought low on him. We saw him get dealt today with starting pitcher Joe Kelly for an established starting pitcher in John Lackey from the Boston Red Sox. Craig would have been ideal due to the fact he is under control at a reasonable price. He just signed a five-year $31 million contract. I would have dealt a guy like Dillon Gee for him even though Craig is in the middle of a down year, you can’t deny that he has great upside.
The fact of the matter is the Mets didn’t land Craig or anyone else for that matter. This was the best case scenario for this team, who is finally playing a solid brand of baseball. Over the month of July the Mets are 15-10, which ties their best record for any month this season, which came back in April. This team has great chemistry and there was no need to break that up with a trade.
With the deadline coming and going, the Mets can just stick to playing baseball. The MLB waiver deadline is Aug. 31, so a move can still be made, but I highly doubt that a substantial move will be made between now and then.
Whether Met fans like it or not, Alderson played his cards right. There was no reason to force the issue today. The moves will happen. I’m more than confident in that. The Mets time will come, but until then, fans need to be patient. I know it has been a long ride, but the future is bright for this team and will only get brighter as their young talent moves accordingly through the system.