With the postseason all but out of the picture for them this year, the Mets look like prime sellers at the deadline.
But don't expect much commotion coming out of their front office.
Every player the Mets have considered moving has either generated no interest from other teams or simply not enough interest to the Mets' liking.
Take Marlon Byrd, for instance. The outfielder leads the Mets with 17 home runs and 60 RBI. He could provide another team a valuable bat as its makes a push for the playoffs. Bleacher Report's Sam Quinn pointed out that the Texas Rangers have been keeping an eye on Byrd. Meanwhile, MLBtraderumors.com's Tim Dierkes said the Baltimore Orioles are interested as well.
However no one appears willing to match GM Sandy Alderson's asking price, which according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert is in the range of a top-10-to-15 prospect.
Bleacher Report's Ben Berkon called Baltimore prospect Kevin Gausman a possible trade chip to be moved this season, but the Mets can't realistically expect to get someone like him or Texas' Jurickson Profar for Byrd.
The Mets are also considering moving closer Bobby Parnell. He is one of just eight relievers with at least 20 saves (22) and an ERA under 2.20 (2.16) this season. If the Mets are looking for a top prospect in return for Byrd, it would take even more than that for them to give up Parnell.
#Mets hoped for calls on Murphy/Buck/Young Jr. Nothing so far. So plan is just try to win as much as possible in 2d half with this group— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 29, 2013
Buck, in particular, would be a good piece to move if any team comes calling. Travis D'Arnaud, the team's top minor league prospect, recently began rehabbing is his broken left foot, per Mark Hale of the New York Post, and he is the long-term answer for the Mets at catcher. The Mets also have a viable option in Anthony Recker for the time being, making Buck expendable.
Buck would also be easier to move than a guy like Byrd or Parnell, considering the lower requisite asking price. At the same time, though, I understand why no team is racing to the phone for a 33-year-old catcher with a .221 batting average.
Realistically, Alderson's best option, if he decides to make a move at all, is to trade Byrd. Bleacher Report's Nathan Tessler said as much, suggesting they go after Cincinnati Reds prospect Jesse Winker.
The trade makes sense for both sides. The Reds are holding onto the second wild-card spot in the N.L. by 4.5 games and could use another bat to help solidify their offense. The Mets, meanwhile, could use youth and depth in the outfield.
Is Winker the type of top prospect the Mets are looking to get in return for Byrd? No, but he's probably about as much as they can expect to get at this point, and it's not bad at all.
By looking at who the Mets have place on the trading block, it's clear that Alderson is at least trying to put the team in a better position in the long term.
But whether it's with Byrd or someone else, for the sake of the team's future, he should temper his demands in order to get a deal done.