At 15-12 (this post was written prior to Friday night’s game against Colorado), the Mets have been more than keeping their heads above water and are off to a start that most of us did not expect.
Will they keep it up? Can they keep it up?
Because if they can, it will inevitably lead to questions involving whether or not Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson should be aggressive on the trade market leading up to the deadline. This time there should no hesitation. This is the year to call to action.
As clear as day, everybody and their grandmother knows the Mets needs offense. With the Mets having a glut of quality pitching and a dearth of consistent hitting, Alderson should engage in some heavy trade discussions leading up to the trade deadline.
Break it down this way. When you think ahead to 2015, the Mets conceivably have 10 worthy pitchers who could be part of the starting staff. Now, clearly there is a preferred pecking order, but the following pitchers here are all solid-to-excellent options:
Obviously, you can never have too much pitching, but with this surplus, they can afford to shop at least two-to-three pitchers (and even some high-end ones at that) to bolster an inconsistent and meager offense.
To his credit, Alderson did address some offensive issues in the offseason with the additions of Chris Young and Curtis Granderson. But between injuries and general under-performance, they have not exactly lit it up. Granted, it’s very early and most people should feel comfortable that they will bounce back—especially Granderson. Even if they do, though, the Mets should definitely look to add more prolific bats.
We all know the Mets can use help at shortstop, as Ruben Tejada is not likely the solution. So, will the Mets swing for the fences and try to trade for a guy like Troy Tulowitzki, who the Mets are seeing close up this weekend? Trading for Tulowitzki would likely command a king’s ransom, though. If they want to go a cheaper route (at least when it comes to trading prospects) they can call up the White Sox and inquire about Alexi Ramirez, who is off to a fantastic start. Or perhaps call the other Chicago team and ask about the always-dangled Starlin Castro, who is also off to a fine start.
And of course, there’s always Stephen Drew.
What about first base? Are the Mets really set with relying on Lucas Duda for the foreseeable future? Maybe the Mets will try to make a blockbuster trade at that position. How about going back to Toronto and seeing what they want for Edwin Encarnacion?
And hey, there is always Kendrys Morales.
The Mets have to be very diligent and, of course, I’m putting the cart before the horse here. But if the Mets keep up their winning ways by July, they should be aggressive near the deadline, as they have the pieces (read, pitching) to make something significant happen. This is not time to stay status quo.
Again, yes it’s early, but even if the Mets fall behind in the standings, you still have to think ahead and realize the 2015 squad is where the club can take the next step. So, the Mets should stay ahead of the curve and explore all possible trade options while also thinking about the future.
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