Raise your hand if you were ready to pull your hair out today as Sandy Alderson and the Mets, for the second time in three years, stood put at the deadline.
Raise your hands again if you feel that the Mets' season is over because of deadline inaction.
For both of those queries, I feel your pain. But, I don't believe the season is truly over.
For the record, there are two months left in the season, giving the Mets more than 50 games to right the ship and, if not contend for the second wild card spot, at least finish with a semi-respectable enough record.
Not making moves is sometimes better than being sellers, which is what two-fifths of the division did, giving the Mets a chance to finish at least third. Had Alderson tried to pull a seller's approach, the Mets may have been in a worse off position and would have had to wait a little longer if they wanted to contend.
The Phillies, who last year finished with the best record in the NL, faced with the crushing realization that they are no longer invincible, were forced to sell off two-thirds of their outfield, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino who, while not hitting at the level they did before, did make up the top of their lineup.
The Marlins, on the other hand, were also faced with the realization that they were not as flashy as advertised. They sold off their best player in Hanley Ramirez, key contributors Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, and part of their bullpen in Randy Choate and Edward Mujica.
Compared to them, the Mets came out smelling like roses.
It's not to say that they can't make trades, as they can still pull off a deal or two in August. Considering their bullpen needs major help and a right-handed hitter could give them a boost, Alderson may just be waiting for the right time to deal.
With the recent news that the disappointing Carl Crawford has been put on waivers, the Mets may have found a guy who could potentially solve their right-handed hitter problem, as well as giving them some speed—which they have lacked all year—all at a discount price.
Sure, he comes from Boston, and the last guy who the Mets got from Boston was a total failure. But, considering Crawford isn't a power hitter, and Citi Field is not exactly Fenway Park, Crawford could thrive in the vast expanses.
One thing is for certain: expect new guys to come in. Not by trade necessarily, but possibly through the minors. Zack Wheeler could make his major league debut in September. A few AAA guys could possibly make a difference as well.
If the Mets can forget July, then they could make another run and close out 2012 on a positive note.
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