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The Mets and Alderson are currently in wait-and-see mode.
If someone told you at the beginning of the season that the New York Mets would be in the thick of the NL East division race behind the arms of Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey, you likely would have labeled them as certifiable.
But that's exactly what has happened. The Mets are indeed in the thick of things with a 39-33 record entering Sunday night's game with the New York Yankees. Dickey will bring his 11-1 record and 2.00 ERA* to the hill along with him.
On Thursday, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Mets were willing to wait a few more weeks before diving into the trade market.
However, will general manager Sandy Alderson have enough money to affect changes in his lineup?
Despite a favorable settlement in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal, the Mets are still not exactly rolling in dough. Add to that the fact that Alderson won't sacrifice a farm system that's improving. With top blue-chippers Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Brandon Nimmo, among others, Alderson has a bevy of young stars prepared to take the Mets well into the future.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada is likely due back sometime in the next week after a six-week stint on the disabled list with a right quad strain, and first baseman Ike Davis is showing signs of breaking out of a season-long slump, so offense likely won't be a priority for Alderson.
Bolstering the bullpen will likely be a priority, however, so as the deadline approaches, Alderson will be looking for prudent investments that can improve his pitching staff without sacrificing major chips.
Update: Tejada was activated from the disabled list by the Mets on Sunday.
*After Sunday, Dickey's record is 11-2 and his ERA is 2.31.