By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 1, 2014
The New York Mets may have stayed stagnant at the MLB trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t be active on the trade market this season. Sandy Alderson pulled off a great trade last August before the waiver deadline, so he’s sure to remain open to trade possibilities. If the Mets do indeed make a trade in August, here are five players who could be dealt.
The Mets won't get much for Abreu, but if they aren't competitive by the end of the month there's little point in keeping him. He'd be great to trade right at the end of the month just before rosters expand in September, as he could be an asset to a team in a tight division race in September.
Young is another guy who won't have much value on the trade market, but the Mets have plenty of youthful outfielders they could give playing time to instead of him. At this point in the season, his remaining salary isn't that much, and for a team looking for an extra outfielder who can play all three positions, he'd be a nice addition.
Once he comes off the DL, Matsuzaka will make a nice trade chip. He's proven that he can be an asset out of the bullpen, although he could also be a starter for a team that has an empty spot in the rotation. The Mets have enough bullpen depth to survive without him, so if they can get a decent prospect in return, they shouldn't think twice about trading Matsuzaka.
The Mets probably won't seriously entertain trading Murphy until the offseason, but if there's an injury or a team suddenly gets desperate for an upgrade at second base, they could make an offer the Mets can't refuse. That's especially true if the Mets start to fall out of contention in the next couple of weeks.
Now that Jon Lester and David Price have been moved, the market for pitchers could start to move toward Colon, which means that teams looking for a pitcher may now be willing to pay the price the Mets want in exchange for him. The Mets will likely revisit trading Colon in the offseason, but if they get the kind of offer they want and don't have to pay too much of his remaining salary, they won't hesitate to trade him.
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