New York Mets: 4 Post-Deadline Moves Alderson and the Mets Could Still Make

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New York Mets: 4 Post-Deadline Moves Alderson and the Mets Could Still Make
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Though the non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, it does not necessarily signal the end of trade talks for the New York Mets.

What turned out to be one of the most insipid deadlines in recent memory across all of Major League Baseball, has left a large bloc of Mets fans discontent over the team’s inactivity.  

The Mets are an organization that look to be competitive in 2014 for the first time since historic collapses in 2007 and 2008 sent the franchise into a tailspin.  Tough decisions must be made.  

For the remainder of the 2013 season, the Mets must not only consider the trade market, but prudently assess what, among their current assets, they already have.

This includes the futures of a few veterans, as well as determining what—if anything—their younger major league and upper minor league level players can provide in 2013 and beyond.

The beauty—or undoing, depending on who you ask—of the famously anticipated annual date, referred to commonly as baseball’s “trade deadline”, is within the words that technically precede it.

While the deficit in the chase for a playoff spot was approaching insurmountable, a few potential pieces of value emerged on the major league roster.  Veterans Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell have all generated substantial interest among contending teams, and led to a relative uptick in trade banter and speculation surrounding the Mets of late.

Standing pat at the non-waiver trade deadline, the organization elected to hold on to their desired players—but for how long?

As is common major league practice, the Mets are likely to place the majority of their roster on the waiver wire.  In doing so, the Mets will maintain the ability to engage in any previous or potential 2013 trade discussions.  Any player to pass through waivers unclaimed is free to be traded anywhere.  Should a player be claimed by any number of teams, the Mets will be free to make a deal with whichever claiming team holds top priority—based first on common league and next by lowest winning percentage.

Certain trade talks will undoubtedly cease, others are sure to persist and even more are likely to emerge. Here are the four post-deadline moves general manager Sandy Alderson and the Mets could still make.

 

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