Sandy Alderson tells reporters at Citi Field it’s basically bullpen or bust for Mets. Unlikely to acquire starting pitcher/position player.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 25, 2016
All signs point to the New York Mets steering clear of acquiring a positional player when comes Sunday’s trade deadline.
Don’t expect another Yoenis Cespedes to come walking through the clubhouse door in Queens anytime soon.
ESPN’s Adam Rubin noted that GM Sandy Alderson is unlikely to acquire a positional player before the July 31st trade deadline. A move for a bullpen arm is still possible, though.
The new shouldn’t come as a shock. The New York Mets have a minor league system light on blue chip prospects at the moment. There isn’t much pitching that can bring back an impact player, unless one of Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz is dealt. The club’s top prospect, Amed Rosario, is also unlikely to be moved.
If the Mets can maintain relatively healthy throughout the remainder of the season, the bullpen is the most likely to be upgraded. Addison Reed has performed well in a set up role, but the rest of the ‘pen has its question marks.
Jim Henderson remains on the disabled list with a hamstring issue. Hansel Robles has pitched well lately, but has yet to show consistency over a full season, while Antonio Bastardo‘s struggles haven’t been corrected. Jerry Blevins has been effective while Erik Goodell has been decent (3.94 ERA). There are no standouts from the ‘pen and an upgrade seems feasible given the state of the team’s minor league talent.