Every season, there are winners and losers of the July 31 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline. Some teams become buyers, and do what they can in order to acquire a big name bat to make a playoff push. Other teams become sellers, and give up their big name players in order to acquire top prospects from other teams. To this point in the Sandy Alderson Era, the Mets have not been buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, because they have remained relatively quiet each season. However, this season is different. The Mets are in a pennant race for the first time since 2008, and they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. That being said, the Mets have a chance to win the trade deadline, but they can also lose it. Therefore, it is important that Alderson does the following in order to help the Mets win the deadline:
1. Make some noise: Ever since 2011, the only major in-season trades the Mets have made are the 2011 Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler deal and the 2013 Marlon Byrd and John Buck for Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. While both of these trades have had their lasting affects on the Mets, Alderson can do better, and should do better. This season, the Mets are in need of an infielder, due to David Wright’s injury, which is something the ballclub better capitalize on. Names such as Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez have surfaced in Mets trade suggestions, and both of these players would help the Mets in their 2015 playoff push. But even if they do not get either of these players, they can still win the deadline by acquiring somebody else.
2. DO NOT give up young starting pitching: The Mets have a plethora of young starting pitching in the big leagues right now, and although two of the are on the DL, they can still see themselves traded this season. That being said, Alderson needs to ignore what many fans are saying, and keep Matt Harvey, Wheeler, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese are the only two starting pitchers that should be traded, but even Colon’s name could be on the list of pitchers not to trade because he can help the Mets in a pennant race.
3. Acquire big leaguers, not prospects: Everybody seems to love the prospects in today’s game, and Alderson is no exception. Alderson has yet to make a trade in which he acquires a big leaguer in his tenure with the Mets, but he will have to do so in order to win the trade deadline. While prospects may help the team in the long run, the Mets need to focus on winning this season, and they will need big leaguers in order to do so.
Not every team can win the trade deadline, but the Mets have a chance to be one of those winning teams. All it will take is for Alderson to follow these guidelines; because if he does not, the Mets may dig themselves into an inescapable hole. The Blue Jays fell into this hole last season, and Alderson needs to do everything in his power in order to make at least a little bit of noise.