You’ll be hearing a lot of trade rumors from now until the July 31 deadline. Some will be true, some not, but most entertaining.
This isn’t all that hard to figure out. If a player gets hurt or goes into a deep slump, figure his team might make inquiries. In fact, most teams are making calls all the time.
Every team’s front office goes over players on other teams with its scouts on a continuous basis. This is also when players are routinely put through waivers and then pulled back as to ascertain interest. This is when players clear waivers, explaining how those post-July 31 deals are made.
Believe me, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Francisco Rodriguez and just about everybody on the Mets’ roster are put out there to give Sandy Alderson an idea of who is interested and the player’s worth.
Alderson doesn’t have to play phone tag with all the other GM’s to gauge interest in his players.
Speaking of Rodriguez, reportedly a scout told ESPN his velocity is down and the bite is off his breaking ball. No way the Mets let him finish 55 games so that option kicks in. And, no way a team wants to trade for that contract.
Expect Rodriguez to finish this season with the Mets, take his buyout and attempt to hook on elsewhere in the offseason.
Meanwhile, Fernando Martinez will meet up with the team in Denver this afternoon in preparation for being recalled if Ike Davis is placed on the disabled list.
Davis returned to New York yesterday to have his left calf and ankle examined following a collision with David Wright the previous night. Davis reported his calf is fine but the ankle is sore.
That being said, considering the Mets’ history with injuries, who doesn’t expect Davis to be placed on the DL?
In the interim, Daniel Murphy will play first with Justin Turner playing second.
Word is the weather is horrible in Denver and there’s no guarantee they’ll play this afternoon. Jonathan Niese will get the start if they do.