With the trade deadline right around the corner, trade speculation and rumors are reaching their peak. It is no different with the New York Mets. I have thrown out some names of players who could be traded over the last few weeks. The only question remaining is if Sandy Alderson will pull the trigger.
During his time with the Mets, Alderson has proven to be very deliberate in his actions. At time this can be frustrating for fans and outsiders who view it as noncommittal or who simply ask “why isn’t he doing anything? Everyone knows the kind of players we need, why can’t he fix it?”
The truth behind it all is that Alderson likes to wait until the time is exactly right and he can do exactly what he wants. He isn’t going to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. Sandy knows how much he thinks his players are worth and so he will wait until he gets an offer that he really likes before committing to a deal.
Alderson has been with the Mets for four years now, and though he has shown an unwillingness to drop big money during free agency, he does have a certain savvy when it comes to trades. In 2011 Alderson traded Carlos Beltran to the Giants in exchange for Zack Wheeler. After the 2012 season, Alderson made his biggest move in trading R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Blue Jays for Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck. Last season was the trade of Buck and Marlon Byrd to Pittsburgh for Dilson Herrera and Vic Black.
The common thread with these trades were that the Mets roster was getting younger, but with major league-ready prospects. Wheeler is in his first full season as a starter this season, as is d’Arnaud. Syndergaard is a two-time Futures Game participant and the team’s best prospect, who may be called up later this season. Black has already made an impact out of the bullpen and has pitched to a 2.01 ERA this season.
So, what have we learned and what does it mean for the coming week?
It means that Sandy Alderson is going to wait for what he thinks is the perfect offer. He would likely be perfectly happy to hold on to all of his assets and see if the Mets can make a late season push. But if there is an offer made for a player that is not untouchable that Alderson feels he can’t refuse he should be expected to accept it.
Alderson likely is still looking for young talent that can make an impact in the very near future. This team is considered to be on the cusp of doing big things and so do not think that the acquisition of prospects is for 5 years down the road. Alderson will look for Triple-A prospects or even some young unproven big leaguers.
Sandy holds much of the power over some significant clubs in the Mets’ big league assets, it just remains to be seen whether he can use it to his advantage.