New York Mets Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

New York Mets Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

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    The New York Mets didn't figure to contend this season without Matt Harvey, but thanks to a weak National League East, they could actually be buyers at the trade deadline.

    On paper, the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves are much more talented than the Mets. However, the game is played on the field, not on paper.

    The team ranks in the bottom third of the league in most of the offensive categories but is in the middle of the pack on the mound. That's not a formula for success, so unless the squad gets hot in July, the Mets will be sellers at the trade deadline.

    Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Mets are involved in and what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

Mets Are 'Unlikely' to Make a Trade at This Year's Deadline

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    The New York Mets entered the All-Star break at 45-50 and seven games back in the National League East. That might indicate that the team should be sellers, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson still isn't sure what the team will do at the trade deadline.

    Update: July 31 at 11:19 a.m. ET

    The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported that there is only a "25 percent" chance that the Mets make a move on Thursday before the deadline.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 28 at 4:25 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Adam Rubin reported that Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets are "unlikely" to make a trade before this year's trade deadline.

    --End of Update--

    With just under two weeks until the 2014 MLB trade deadline, the Mets are going to wait and see where they stand as the trade deadline approaches. Alderson said that the next stretch of games will be very important, via The New York Post's Mike Puma:

    I think the last 10 games were important because they make the next 10 games relevant to what happens at the [July 31] trade deadline. We’ll see what happens over the next 10 days or so. But certainly the last 10 games have to make us a little more optimistic.

    If New York believes that it still has a chance in 2014 when the trade deadline arrives, it could look at adding pieces. If the Mets do add pieces, the team doesn't intend to deal for rental players. Alderson addressed the topic, via Puma:

    I don’t think we would deal significant prospects or significant value for somebody who is going to help us for a couple of months. We spent too much time improving our minor league system and setting ourselves up for the future to commit significant resources to somebody in a deal that is only going to help us for a short period of time. In that sense we would probably be looking for somebody who can help us longer term as well.

Mets Don't Expect to Trade Bartolo Colon

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    If the New York Mets decide to build for the future at this season's trade deadline, Bartolo Colon may be on the move.

    Update: July 31 at 11:45 a.m. ET

    The Kansas City Royals are interested in Colon, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The Royals are also linked to Boston's John Lackey and San Diego's Ian Kennedy.

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    Update: July 31 at 9:25 a.m. ET

    It's still not clear as to whether or not the Mets will trade Colon, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Baltimore Orioles have checked in on the veteran. The Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants are also among the possible landing spots for Colon if New York trades him.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 30 at 5:41 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that unless something changes, the Mets don't expect to trade Colon this week. A market never developed for the veteran pitcher, according to Stark.

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    Update: July 29 at 4:41 p.m. ET

    Sources are now telling Martino that the Kansas City Royals have some interest in Colon, though fitting his salary into their budget—both this year and next—could be an issue.

    Whether the Mets would be willing to pick up some of the money left on his contract to facilitate a deal remains to be seen.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 28 at 11 p.m. ET

    The New York Daily News' Andy Martino reported that there is "absolutely nothing" going on in trade talks for Bartolo Colon right now.

    --End of Update--

    The New York Post's Mike Puma reported that the team will listen to offers on the right-hander and may even actively shop him. 

    New York signed the 41-year-old to a two-year, $20 million deal this past offseason. Colon is owed $11 million next season, so the Mets would likely have to eat a large chunk of that money.

    Colon is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 106.2 innings pitched through his first 16 starts this season. His ERA is up from the past two seasons, which he spent in Oakland. However, he is on pace to win at least 10 games for the third straight season.

    He has proven that he can pitch in the American League and in the National League, so any contender interested in him doesn't have to worry about him adjusting to his new team.

    The veteran has pitched for eight teams in his 17-year MLB career. Colon is one of the Mets' most valuable trade assets, so he could add to the total at some point this season.

Potential Trade Candidate: 2B Daniel Murphy

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    The New York Mets may look at dealing Daniel Murphy this season, according to the New York Daily News' Andy Martino.

    Update: July 30 at 11 p.m. ET

    The Washington Nationals have internally discussed the New York Mets' Daniel Murphy, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 18 at 3 p.m. ET

    The Mets are still unsure as to whether they will be buyers or sellers at the deadline.

    Here's what Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said about Daniel Murphy's situation, via The New York Post's Mike Puma“We’re not actively looking to trade Daniel Murphy by any means. That situation will resolve itself over time.”

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    Update: July 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET

    Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that although Daniel Murphy is one of the team's "more valuable guys," the team has not "specifically talked" about trading Murphy recently, via The New York Times' Tim Rohan.

    --End of Update--

    What the team does with its second baseman could depend on whether it believes he will be a part of the club's future. Martino also wrote that the Mets may be trying to work on an extension with Murphy but that nothing would likely be done about it until the offseason.

    Murphy is eligible for arbitration for a third time after this season, so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He's only making $5.7 million in 2014 and will be affordable for most teams even after he gets a raise in the offseason.

    The 29-year-old has made it known that he likes playing for the organization, but baseball is still a business.

    Murphy has become a much better fielder in recent seasons and has become a good hitter despite playing at Citi Field. If the team doesn't believe it can sign him to a reasonable extension, trading him this summer would bring back the most in return. 

Mets Interested in Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez

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    Should the Colorado Rockies decide to part ways with either shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the New York Mets are very interested in both of the star players. The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported that the Mets have let the Rockies know that they are interested in the players.

    Update: July 30 at 11 a.m. ET

    It doesn't look like Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki will be playing for the Mets this season. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, unless the two sides engage in "speed dating," there is not enough time to get a deal done before the trade deadline.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 28 at 11:35 p.m. ET

    The Mets are interested enough in Troy Tulowitzki that they are ready to offer the Rockies top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. Colorado would definitely be looking for pitching help in any trade involving Tulowitzki, and it appears that the Mets would be willing to offer up a big piece.

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    Up to this point, the Rockies have not been willing to trade either Tulowitzki or Gonzalez. Both players are among the best at their position and lead the team's offense.

    Tulowitzki, when healthy, is the best shortstop in the league. He leads the league with a .340 average, .432 on-base percentage, .603 slugging percentage and a 1.035 OPS. He also has 21 home runs and 18 doubles this season.

    However, staying on the field has been an issue. He has played in more than 126 games only three times since debuting in 2006. He had stayed healthy this year until recently, when a leg injury forced him to the disabled list.

    Back in 2010, the shortstop signed a seven-year extension through 2020. Tulowitzki is still owed $126 million through the rest of his contract. 

    Gonzalez has been just as injury-prone as Tulowitzki. He has averaged only 121 games during his first five seasons in Colorado and has played in only 62 games this season.

    This year, he has 10 home runs and 14 doubles. Those numbers aren't bad, but his average has taken a big hit. He is a career .295 hitter but is only at .248 this season. When healthy, he is good for 25 home runs and a .300 average. 

    Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season, and he is due $53 million over the next three seasons.

    Tulowitzki and Gonzalez won't come cheap, even with their injury histories. However, the Mets appear to be interested in both players.