July 17th, 2014
I’ve heard this conversation a lot this last 5 years, and while yes we might have made one or two moves during the deadline the last 4 years, we are stand patters. First let’s define a buyer. My definition is a team that gives up young talent (with less than 2 years Major League experience, and under 25 years old, for a veteran with at least three credentials, around 2 All Star Games and a league lead in some category. A seller is a team that does just the opposite of a buyer, or the other end of the deal. Stand pat teams are just teams that make meaningless, no frills type deals, one that couldn’t hurt anyone. An example in resent Mets history would be Ryan Church for Jeff Francouer. The Mets last “seller” esque deal came in the 2012-2013 offseason when RA Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas was traded for Travis d’Arnaud, Noah ( not going to attempt his last name) and John Buck. Before that the Mets dealt Carlos Beltran to the Giants in exchange for Zack Wheeler. The Mets haven’t made a buyers deal since the Alderson era begun , so it really begs the question, ” How can they label themselves a 90 game winning team? ” Sandy needs to make a “buyer” deal soon, because we have a chance, and you don’t know when you are going to get a second chance!
I have some cool upcoming posts! Including, – AAA All Star Game Recap — Potential trade candidates that make sense