The MLB trade deadline is furiously approaching. With mere hours before teams can trade players without subjecting them to the waiver wire, the New York Mets are still in need of some vital pieces if they are to make a late-season playoff push.
There are numerous players to be had that would benefit Terry Collins' club, but it all comes down to whether they can be brought in for the right price and prospects.
Many experts expect the Mets to be rather quiet heading into Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, but as always in the game of baseball, you just never know.
Here are all the hottest rumors heading into Tuesday afternoon.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that former Met Francisco Rodriguez is a member of the "too pricey" reliever club. He adds that the Milwaukee Brewers would want to dump all of K-Rod's $4 million salary on his next team if he is indeed traded.
John Axford fudged the bucket for the Brewers in the closer role, so Rodriguez is back to his old stomping grounds on the mound in the ninth inning.
He hasn't been brilliant for the Brewers this season, but he would be an upgrade over some of the members of the New York pig pen. In 50 appearances, Rodriguez has garnered a lofty 5.36 ERA, a 2-6 record, three saves and six blown saves.
Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that Rodriguez is unlikely to be on his way to Flushing.
In the above report, Heyman also touches on the prospect of the Mets bringing in Ramon Hernandez from the Colorado Rockies. According to Heyman, the Rockies aren't too keen on continuing to pay Hernandez's $3.2 million salary if he is sent elsewhere.
Somehow, someway, Hernandez's average is nearly 70 points lower than his career average despite the fact that he is playing at Coors Field...a place where pitchers go to embarrass themselves.
If the Mets are going to give up on playing Josh Thole full-time, it wouldn't make sense to bring in a 36-year-old replacement who is hitting just .195 with four homers, 18 RBI and missed a huge chunk of the season.
According to Mets Blog, teams have come knocking for Daniel Murphy:
In addition, while the Mets would seemingly consider moving Daniel Murphy, offers from other teams have been much lower than it would take to trade him and a club source said they wouldn’t trade Murphy for a reliever.
Swapping Murphy for a reliever would be an absolutely boneheaded mistake by Sandy Alderson and the rest of the front office. There's no reason to give up on a guy who is a doubles machine at second base in a time where there aren't many elite options at the position.
Not to mention, retaining Murphy gives Jordany Valdespin the opportunity to play multiple positions and find his way into the lineup in other ways.
Sure, if Murphy was shipped to another team, "Spinsanity" would be able to play second every day, but Murphy is too valuable of an asset to trade on a whim.
I don't believe Murphy is the long-term answer at second base, but he's worth much more than a bullpen arm, especially considering his modest salary.
Based on the above Heyman report and the following tweet from Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Scott Hairston is on the market:
However, ESPN's Adam Rubin later tweeted this:
Terry Collins said he expects roster to be the same tomorrow, after trading deadline passes.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 30, 2012
Clearly, Sandy Alderson has given up all hopes of bringing in reinforcements to make a playoff run after the team's brutal post-All-Star swoon. Even more evident is the fact that he's not getting the offers that he believes he should for his players.
Hairston is an anomaly in the baseball world. He can hit lefties better than almost anybody in the league, but has an extremely hard time hitting righties.
Alderson is likely trying to milk a contender for all they are worth in exchange for Hairston, but many teams aren't willing to part with prospects for a 32-year-old lefty-hitting specialist.
So, it appears as though all is quiet on the trade front for the Mets heading into Tuesday's deadline. This was to be expected after their terrible showing after the All-Star break, but it's still disappointing to see the team remain the same.
Things can change in a hurry though, so make sure you check in on Bleacher Report for all the latest trade rumors and speculation for all MLB teams.