The trade deadline has come and gone and Daniel Murphy is still a Met, Hooray! Murphy is a big part of the new “soul” of the franchise and, as the Mets slowly round into respectability, I’d like him to stay a part of it. The trade deadline was particularly good for some teams, like Boston, and particularly bad for others, like Philadelphia. As much as I’d have been happy to get something for Bartolo Colon now, I am okay with the lack of action from the Mets.
Waiver Deadline and the Offseason – What Sandy Alderson said was probably true… assuming nothing goes wrong. Colon’s value will go up during the waiver deadline and even into the offseason. Let us say that Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander go down in the next few weeks. This could be catastrophic to a franchise that is headed to the playoffs and needs that pitching to make it to the World Series. Colon can likely still be traded and with a team facing the end of their 2014 season the price could be exponentially higher.
In the offseason there’s more reason to think Alderson will get his asking price. Look at the free agent pitchers. Jon Lester, James Shields and Max Scherzer are out there and there are a couple of other names that teams might want but Colon’s price tag could look like a bargain in a hurry to a team facing spending big on someone like Jake Peavy.
How Do You Like Me Now? – There is no question that the play of certain Mets in July has brought about this resurgence of good vibes. Travis d’Arnaud has looked like a new man since his time in the desert. Perhaps he’s going to now ascend to being the player we once traded R.A. Dickey for. Wouldn’t that be nice? More surprising, to sour grapes people like me anyway, has been the hitting of Lucas Duda. The modern Paul Bunyan as the “Schmoozer” refers to him has really proven his critics, like me, wrong. I couldn’t be more pleased. I love being wrong when it means success for the Mets. I had thought Ike Davis was the guy more likely to get his head screwed on straight but it appears that, with enough rope, Duda was able to lasso the 1st base job nicely.
I’ll also remind everyone of a certain lanky right-hander who has looked like a Rookie of the Year and saved my Fantasy Baseball hopes in multiple leagues. His name is Jacob deGrom and wouldn’t it be nice to have him take back that award for the Mets? The Mets might have some question marks in the rotation but the depth of options for 2015 is very nice. Watching deGrom starts to end out the season might not have the same magic as Matt Harvey days but it should still be pretty fun.
Keep Your Eyes on the Bouncing Ball – Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores (if Terry Collins ever lets him start for any length of time) have only a few months to show the Mets their worth. Otherwise, the Mets have free agent options in Asdrubal Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Jed Lowrie and Stephen Drew, which should give you a good number of players to keep tabs on. The other direction to look is Binghamton, where Dilson Herrera is on absolute fire. He’s a plus defender at second and has gotten time at shortstop this season, but he’s going to be sitting somewhere in the Top 10 Met prospects next season with a ticket punched to go to Vegas.