Last night, Omar Minaya spoke with reporters about several factors that were in play as the trade deadline wound down yesterday.
He and the Wilpons have come under some heavy criticism for not doing anything to improve the team following four months in which not a single player was acquired from outside the organization. The Daily News points out that in contrast, the Yankees, who have the best record in baseball, added three players in the past 48 hours. The Mets who needed infinitely more help, added none.
“We’ve got to be careful giving up blue-chip prospects, looking at where we are in the standings,” Minaya said. “This year we have some pretty good (young) guys and another wave right behind these guys.”
Minaya explains more on his position and the stance the Mets took in this video from ESPN.
Meanwhile, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, writes that the Mets were winners yesterday.
For not doing anything, the Mets get a thumbs up. Sure, it would’ve been nice to dump Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo or Jeff Francoeur. Such a market simply didn’t exist. And rather than delude themselves into believing they had a chance to contend – five teams stand between the Mets and the wild card – they held on to Wilmer Flores, Jenrry Mejia and the rest of their top-notch kids. Patience in Flushing does exist, after all.
Finally, while I am a little disappointed that we weren’t able to add a starting pitcher yesterday, Pat Misch continues to excel in Buffalo with yet another tremendous start last night.
Misch had one of his best starts of the season, tossing eight innings of shutout baseball while only giving up three hits and striking out seven batters. With the win, Misch is now 10-4 with a 3.24 ERA.