At around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning outside the New York Mets' dugout at Citi Field, pitcher Mike Pelfrey said the Mets would love to have a player like Roy Oswalt in the rotation, but that the team didn't necessarily have to acquire him to be successful this year.
By the time 4 p.m. rolled around and the players were back in street clothes and heading home after beating the Cardinals, Roy Oswalt had agreed a move to division rivals Philadelphia.
For the sake of Mets baseball, let's hope Big Pelf, a 10-game winner this season, was right.
There's no doubt that the Mets would have been in a better place for the remainder of the season had Oswalt decided to come to Flushing rather than the City of Brotherly Love, but a move to New York never really looked on the cards over the last few days.
Still, when you consider the price the Phillies paid—namely J.A Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar—maybe the Mets could have made a bigger effort.
Gose is, at best, the third-best outfielder in Philadelphia's farm system, and teenager shortstop Villar is several years away from even cracking into Triple-A ball.
Happ obviously has the skill to settle into the rotation or a bullpen role, but I don't think the package the Phillies put together was that impressive considering Oswalt was the biggest name on the market ever since Cliff Lee moved to Texas.
Regardless, Pelfrey, even before details of the trade had been finalized, was confident that the Mets can chase down Atlanta in the National League East and make a serious run into the playoffs.
"We haven't played to our full potential yet, but we're still within striking distance with a lot of baseball left," he said. "If we play the way we're capable of we can get right back into this thing and make it interesting.
"You have your ups and downs, and no matter how good of a team you are, you're going to go through them. Last night, we showed a lot of fight in being able to come back and tie the game up, and I think that shows you a lot right there.
"We need to start going on a little run here, and I think that when we start playing better baseball we can beat anybody.
"I think [the atmosphere] is good. We haven't started off the way we wanted, but everybody still believes in each other and we believe we're going to get the job done."
The 26-year-old starter said it was more important to play good baseball than to spend time worrying about who can and can't help the team reach its goals.
While he admitted someone like Oswalt, Ted Lilly, or Brett Myers could add depth to the squad, he said that there is no doubt in his mind that the current crop of Mets is more than capable to getting the job done.
Speaking specifically about where there is a need to bring someone in at the deadline, Pelfrey said: "I don't think anything is really necessary, but you always welcome the chance to acquire an impact player, whether that's a starting pitcher, another batter, or someone for the bullpen.
It would be huge. Roy Oswalt is a front of the rotation guy, an ace, and adding someone like him would be a big boost.
"But it's just a matter of going out there and playing good baseball the right way. We haven't been playing that great since the break, but we're going to get it turned around."