Veteran LaTroy Hawkins could be dealt at the trade deadline
While the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field less than a week away, the Major League Baseball trade deadline is not too far in the distance either.
It's on July 31, to be exact, and the New York Mets certainly appear to be sellers instead of buyers this season. That's OK. They're gearing towards the 2014 campaign anyway.
Mets fans realize that.
That being said, let's take a look at the odds of three possible trades involving the Mets actually taking place before the month comes to a close.
Trade possibility odds: 2-1
The right-hander who has pitched over 19 MLB seasons and has played for 10 different teams may be hurling for team No. 11 after the trade deadline has passed.
Hawkins is the perfect pickup for a team in the playoff race. He is a proven veteran who is still quite effective, as the 40-year-old Hawkins is 3-1 this season with a 3.05 ERA in 38 appearances. Like the mighty Mississippi River, Hawkins just keeps rolling along.
In fact, Hawkins recently passed Cy Young with his 907th career appearance, moving into 22nd place all-time.
That's quite a distinction, as Hawkins told MLB.com:
It's pretty cool to have your name on that list. It shows longevity. It says a lot of managers have had a lot of faith in me to put me in that many games. I've been able to be somewhat consistent over the years. It's pretty cool.
While the Mets would hate to see the native of Gary, Ind., go, it makes sense for them to get a prospect in return. While how fine of a prospect the Mets could get remains to be seen, Hawkins is not in New York's future plans.
A playoff contender would love to have him.
The Mets could do a lot worse.
Trade possibility odds: 3-1
Signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training, Marlon Byrd has been truly amazing for the Mets this season.
The 35-year-old Byrd came into the season with something to prove and he certainly has shown he still has a lot left in the tank.
That's why it would be difficult to see him traded away.
It would made sense though.
The 12-year veteran is hitting .266 with 13 HR, 43 RBI and an OPS of .798. He has provided the right-handed power that New York desperately needed to complement David Wright.
Is he in the Mets' future plans though?
Many a contending club could use Byrd's stick in the lineup. Not only that, but the 2010 NL All-Star while with the Cubs has five outfield assists so far this season as well.
The Mets would certainly miss him, but Byrd should command a decent prospect in return. His trade value may never be higher than at this point in the season.
Byrd has done a wonderful job in New York, but now is the time for the Mets to cash in their chips and acquire a young player with some upside in return.
A relief pitcher would be a good acquisition. Heaven knows New York could always use more help in the pen.
Trade possibility odds: 7-1
Things just never seem to go right for Lucas Duda.
The odds of the left-handed slugger being traded by the July 31st deadline would be a little better if Duda was not currently on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. Duda suffered the injury while playing first base and was placed on the DL on June 22.
His progress has been very slow since then. Manager Terry Collins has stated that Duda has not resumed any baseball-related activities as of yet.
If healthy, Duda would have been a good player for New York to jettison in a trade. He is still young (27), makes just a little over $500,000 this season and has good power. He did hit ,292 in 2011 and he walks a great deal. His OBP this season is a solid .353.
The biggest issue is that Duda has trouble staying healthy and has never lived up to his potential in a Mets uniform.
It's time for a change for both Duda and the Mets. However, does another team want an injury-prone, poor defensive outfielder?
That's the dilemma facing the Metropolitans as the trade deadline draws closer.