According to what a team insider told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, with the July 31 trade deadline three weeks away, they may not be buyers or sellers and will instead stand pat.
Rubin says that Mets officials are expected to keep tabs with the Colorado Rockies about Carlos Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Dodgers about Andre Ethier. But given the tight nature of the NL West standings, those players very well won’t get traded anywhere, much less to the Mets. And there is no indication Giancarlo Stanton gets traded, either.
There’s been blog speculated rumors of trading Daniel Murphy or Bobby Parnell, but there’s no indication at all that the Mets would move either of them. Shaun Marcum doesn’t seem like an attractive option for a team trying to bolster a post season run. Plus his incentive bonuses worth $4 million doesn’t help his case as does a bum back and shoulder that leads to numbness and tingling in his fingers.
At a ticket holder event at the end of June, Sandy Alderson practically promised a big move before the All Star Game – but it’s looking more and more like he was referring to picking up Eric Young off waivers which he did three days later.
I think it will be a quiet trade deadline for the Mets and that their big move will come in the offseason when teams are more amenable to trading what the team covets most – a young, proven power hitter with 2-3 years of team control.