We are now halfway through the 2014 MLB season. And it is that time of year where every MLB team does their midseason evaluation. These past few days are the time when teams begin to realistically look at the likelihood of postseason baseball.
Once this point of contention is settled, the team can decide if they are going to be ‘buyers’, ‘sellers’, or even do a little bit of both. One team that must really analyze their current scenario is the New York Mets.
The Mets are currently in 3rd place in the NL East, 7 games back of the Nationals and the Braves. However, the Mets have won 8 of their last 10 games before the midseason break. With the way that the team closed out the first half of the season, it seems likely that the Mets will do both some buying and selling of players. The Mets will be looking to bring in players who will help the team now. Too much of the past few seasons have been focused on obtaining prospects for the future; however, the Mets have not played in the postseason since 2006. The organization must look at this season as the ‘future’ they have been building towards.
Now let’s look at the potential moves that the Mets could make to build an even stronger team this season.
Who we can sell
The Mets have already announced Bartolo Colón is on the trading block. Despite being 41 years-old, Colón has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the team. Having just signed a 2-year $20 million contract with the Mets this season, offloading this large contract to another team provides the Mets with more leeway to bring in other players.
Another position where the Mets will look to sell a player or two is in the outfield. They have an excess of outfielders, with 6 currently on their roster. Here is a quick list of the outfielders the Mets may look to deal.
1. Bobby Abreu: 40 years-old and has shown he can still play. Abreu would be a valuable asset for another playoff contender.
2. Chris Young: one of the Mets ‘big’ offseason acquisitions. He signed a hefty one-year deal this past fall that the Mets would like to unload. This will be tough as Young
has not proved his worth as a starting outfielder this season.
3. Eric Young, Jr.: has not been a regular starter for the Mets this season due to injuries and the excess outfielders on the roster. Young is still in the top 5 for stolen bases this season, which can only help raise his trade value. However, the Mets may want to keep him for his defensive insurance.
Another position player the Mets may look to trade is catcher Anthony Recker. Although Recker is not having a great season, he is still a suitable backup catcher. With the Mets having Taylor Teagarden currently on the DL, don’t be surprised if the Mets are seen shopping Recker around.
What position(s) to buy
It would be a difference-maker for the Mets if they could find a power-hitting shortstop (preferably not one with Tulowitzki’s pricetag). The Mets are currently 13th in the NL in both home-runs and slugging percentage this season, according to Baseball-Reference.com. This would be the one position that the Mets are really looking for a upgrade.
The next few weeks before the July 31st trade deadline will be very telling as to whether the Mets see themselves as contenders in the NL East this season. Hopefully, the Mets can make it back to the “Promised Land” that is the postseason!