The New York Mets enter the dog days of summer destined for their fifth straight season of losing baseball. Locked into fourth place in the NL East, the Mets have positioned themselves as sellers with MLB’s July 31 trade deadline fast approaching.
General manager Sandy Alderson will attempt to move veteran players like Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Shaun Marcum. All three players are signed to one-year deals and are unlikely to return to the Mets next season. Unfortunately, the Mets won’t garner much in return for these relatively low-cost veterans, but they will be happy to pass the salary on to another club.
Meanwhile, the Mets are in desperate need of position players for the 2014 roster. Alderson has insisted that the Mets will acquire veteran talent in free agency but could pursue a trade prior to the deadline in order to avoid a bidding war this winter.
The question is which of the Mets’ prospects is Alderson willing to trade? We’ll certainly find out in the coming weeks.
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