Alderson: Mets Undecided If They Will Be Buyers Or Sellers At The Deadline
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have some decisions to make.
Entering play Wednesday, New York sat nine games out of first in the NL East and 8 1/2 out in the wildcard race. General manager Sandy Alderson told CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman earlier in the day he wasn’t sure if the Mets would look to add or subtract from the roster prior to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
The Mets entered their series finale in Atlanta on Wednesday 37-47 and Alderson said a course of action would be charted out over the next 10 days to two weeks.
“We kind of like our team,” Alderson told Heyman. “If you look at the run differential, we should be a .500 team. We’re not. At the same time, it doesn’t mean we should throw everyone overboard.”
Prior to the season, Alderson boldly stated his team was capable of 90 wins this season, but hitting woes, injuries to key pitchers and struggles at the back end of the bullpen have hampered the Mets, who are 10-20 in one-run games.
“We’re not happy with our record by any means,” Alderson said. “We’re thinking we have the potential to be better than our record.”
One thing Alderson did say definitively was that regardless if his team ends up being sellers, coveted left-hander Jonathon Niese will not be put up for sale.
“We like Jonathon. He’s the only lefty in the rotation,” Alderson said of Niese, who is 5-4 with a solid 2.88 ERA. “We’d be hard-pressed to trade Niese.”
If the Mets do decide to sell prior to the deadline, they’d likely get overtures from contending teams for veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts, and second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is batting .302 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI.
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