With the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics completing a blockbuster trade this past Friday, the Major League Baseball trading season is underway. So far, some key moves have been Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel being sent from the Cubs to the A’s, and Brandon McCarthy being traded to the New York Yankees for Vidal Nuno. Now it is the Mets turn to make a trade…right? Last year the Mets made some noise around the Trade Deadline when they traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates. Other than that trade, the Mets seem to have stuck relatively quiet around the Trade Deadline since Sandy Alderson took over as General Manager. However, this year may be different. When asked by the media whether the Mets would be buyers or sellers at the Trade Deadline, Alderson said that he would need to take a few days to evaluate the team and the state which it is in. The Mets have the players to sell, but they also have room to buy. They are in a somewhat tight division, so they cannot hurt themselves by gaining Major League talent, but it might be better for them to sell.
Why the Mets Should Buy
The Mets may be in fourth place, but they still can benefit from being buyers at the Trade Deadline. First of all, they certainly have the Minor League talent to trade for big name players, and they can certainly use all the Major League talent they can get. Perhaps they will be able to gain a shortstop or even a first baseman. The Mets certainly made a mistake this offseason by not trying to trade for Dee Gordon, so it is crucial that they do not let another opportunity like that one pass. Of course, the Dodgers will not be shopping Gordon this season, but maybe the Mets can get a Didi Gregorius type player from the Diamond Backs or another disappointment of a team. As for a first baseman, the market may be a bit tighter when trying to find a struggling team willing to give one up. Perhaps they can land James Loney type player, but that may seem a bit more far-fetched. Either way, if the Mets become buyers at the deadline, they may be able to make a push for a Wild Card spot if not the division.
Why the Mets Should Sell
Although the Mets are not too far out in their division or the Wild Card standings, they do not seem to be going anywhere within the next few seasons. Therefore, it may be better if they gave up some of their Major League talent in order to gain some top prospects. Alderson seems to be good at this. He was able to pull off trading Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler, and R. A. Dickey for Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, and some other players. One name that seems to be coming to float in trade rumors is second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy is a top second baseman, and will be representing the Mets in the All Star Game this season. Most likely, the Mets could get a few prospects for Murphy. However, Murphy is only 29, so he could end up as a key player in the Mets’ future, but for now the Mets might as well focus on the “what could be” top prospects that they could get in return.
Being a General Manager is not an easy job, especially when their team is not too far out of the playoff race to give up all hope. That being said, with the Mets are 9 games out of first and 8 games out of a Wild Card spot, they could go either way. Most people would probably think that the Mets are in a selling type situation, but it may not be the worst thing in the world if they became buyers. If you think they should buy, sell, or even stay neutral, tell us through your comments below.