3 Players Mets GM Sandy Alderson Should Consider Dealing at the Trade Deadline
Although the Major League Baseball trading deadline is still over two months away, it's never too early to look at players New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson should try to peddle before July 31.
The Mets may not be able to get a ton in return, but it's time to be aggressive and shake things up for the overall good of the team.
With that being said, here are three players that Alderson should try his hardest to trade before the deadline.
Why not? What does he have to lose at this point?
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.
Starting Pitcher Bartolo Colon
Let's face it, Bartolo Colon is not in the future plans of the New York Mets.
The 40-year-old right-hander has been a disappointment so far in 2014, posting a 2-5 record to go along with a hefty (pardon the pun) 5.94 ERA.
That's not exactly what New York was expecting when it signed him to a two-year, $20 million pact as a free agent last December.
However, if the Mets cover at least half of his salary and can receive a mid-level prospect in return, general manager Sandy Alderson should pull the trigger and send Colon packing by the trade deadline.
Colon still has value for a team in the playoff chase—remember, he fashioned an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA with the A's last year.
The future of New York's starting rotation consists of Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, not an aging 17-year veteran whose best days are now behind him.
Starting Pitcher Dillon Gee
Will the Mets trade Dillon Gee by the trading deadline?
The talented 28-year-old right-hander could be exchanged for a lot in a trade scenario. Quality starting pitching is at a premium in the major leagues and Gee is having an excellent season.
In eight starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
Trading Gee could bring a quality bat to Queens in return—White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, for example—and the Mets desperately need to upgrade their offensive attack.
With Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom now on the parent club and Noah Syndergaard on his way soon, New York has the luxury of trading Gee while his value is high.
It would be the right move to make to improve New York's anemic offense.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada
The Mets have to move on from Ruben Tejada at this point in time.
Despite playing well recently, the 24-year-old shortstop is still batting just .194 with no home runs and eight RBI entering Thursday's game against the Yankees. He's a fine fielder, but New York has to commit to Wilmer Flores at shortstop moving forward.
Flores has more upside.
GM Sandy Alderson probably won't be able to get more than a low-level prospect or a bucket of baseballs for Tejada, but he has to do his best to try to trade him as soon as possible.
It's what's best for both the Mets and Tejada as well.