“I think we’re going to compete. I think we’re improved,” Brian Cashman said after Thursday’s trade deadline. “We’re going to find out if it’s enough or not.”
Mets fans were forewarned: don’t expect much, if anything, on July 31. And that’s exactly what was — or wasn’t — there, but probably for the right reasons, and likely with the right intentions.
In the end, the Mets would have had to pay too much to get needed upgrades. So went the rationale of general manager Sandy Alderson after the non-waiver trade deadline came and went without the Mets doing anything to improve their roster.
Deadline day started with a bang and then an aftershock. The Boston Red Sox are without question going to look totally different in 2015.
Will the Yanks shake things up? Maybe, but don’t expect a blockbuster. So far, GM Brian Cashman — no stranger to wheeling and dealing — hasn’t been linked to anyone of the big-splash variety.
It’s looking like there won’t be any major moves in Flushing. At least not ahead of the July 31 deadline.
As far as what teams are looking for from the Mets when it comes to trade talk, I think we can all spell this together: an eight-letter word that begins with “P.”
Maybe the Yankees could add a helpful piece. But the difference makers will be the guys they gave all that money to last winter: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
Monday’s starter, Bartolo Colon, might be the most attractive trade bait. But Sandy Alderson suggested the veteran may be an even more valuable asset in the offseason.
It could indicate the Yankees, who have struggled to put runs on the board, may be willing sacrifice a dip in average for power numbers that Ichiro Suzuki can’t provide.
Are the Mets ready to go all in? The New York franchise with a mid-market payroll could be looking to add one of Colorado’s big bats, according to the Post.
The Mets may have a nibble on hefty right-hander Bartolo Colon. The San Francisco Giants have shown an interest in the 41-year-old starter, according to ESPNDeportes.com.
As it turns out, there’s not much of a market for 41-year-old scale-tipping hurlers. The Mets haven’t gotten “even a nibble” on veteran Bartolo Colon, according to the Post.
The players like Murphy. The fans like Murphy. We’ll see in the next couple of weeks how much the rest of the league likes him.
It was a move the Rangers had to make. Hockey royalty has arrived at Madison Square Garden in the form of ageless 38-year-old winger Martin St. Louis.