The New York Mets are currently in the midst of a roller coaster season. A young, talented, and streaky team, the Mets have found themselves in the thick of a playoff race. Granted, it is still fairly early in the season, but it seems as if the team has all the necessary parts to make a run for October baseball.
The young core is complimented by MVP candidate David Wright and the dynamic one-two punch of R.A. Dickey, and Johan Santana. Ike Davis seems to be heating up along with Daniel Murphy, and Lucas Duda.
With that said, the New York Mets definitely have their share of weaknesses. One of the biggest chinks in the Mets' armor has been the bullpen. It seems as if the bullpen is always a problem for the Mets, regardless of what players it consists of.
Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, "revamped" the team's bullpen this past offseason. He brought in Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez to help aid the ailing 'pen. Each of those players have had plenty of impressive outings, but they have been injury prone and inconsistent.
Bobby Parnell and lefty Tim Byrdak have continued to produce and stand out in the Mets bullpen, but it looks like they might need some reinforcements. The Mets' biggest need at the moment is easily the bullpen and to a lesser extent, a back-up catcher.
The question is how should Sandy Alderson and Co. deal with this season's trade deadline?
It is a foregone conclusion that the Mets and every other team has had trade talks this season, but those talks are about to heat up. However, the Mets are currently in a tough spot; the team's management still isn't sure what they should do at the trade deadline. Should they be buyers or sellers, or just stand pat and hope the team can continue its improbable success?
The Mets have a load of valuable prospects and many teams have been eyeing some of those players for quite some time. Sandy Alderson has been very protective of his team's top prospects in his short time with New York, but I don't see why he should change that anytime soon.
This team has finally put together a respectable farm system that is producing and contributing to this team routinely this season. The 2012 Mets have a load of homegrown players take the field every day, thanks to Omar Minaya.
There is no doubt that this team could use help in the bullpen, but Sandy Alderson can't afford to gamble his top prospects at this time in the organization's growth. The Mets are still a "middle of the pack" team that needs to put itself in a better position in order to be buyers.
Sandy Alderson and Co. will take a hard look for any reasonable offers, but it is basically guaranteed that the organization will not be shipping away any of their "A" prospects. That is the right approach and the Mets and their fans will find out the team's philosophy in the coming months.