The Mets have done absolutely nothing at the trade deadline, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. There were rumors about the team acquiring Scott Kazmir, or Adam LaRoche, or Matt Murton, but in the end, the Mets did not acquire anybody. While I would have liked to have seen them sell off some of their spare parts, ultimately they probably would not have gotten back much value for what they had available (Hoops, Sheffield, and Feliciano heading the list) so in the end, nothing was better than anything in this case.
I just don’t think this team can climb back in the race, even if they get 80% Carlos Beltran or 85% Jose Reyes in the upcoming weeks. They are too far out, behind too many teams. They can probably finish with a respectable win total with a few healthy months of Beltran, Reyes, Delgado, Sheffield, Putz, and Wagner, but we’re realistically looking at a ceiling of about 83-84 wins at most. There is just going to be too many games lost to starting players such as Daniel Murphy, Alex Cora, Jeremy Reed, Angel Pagan, Livan Hernandez, and Omir Santos. Making a token acquisition, even for a good player like a Victor Martinez or Roy Halladay, would not noticeably improve the Mets’ playoff chances for 2009, and would require a price in prospects that would be too great for such a small improvement.
The other benefit to not making a trade means that Omar Minaya did nothing to save his job. Whether it’s because the Wilpons would not sign off on anything or because he couldn’t put anything together, at least Omar didn’t make a panic trade to save his job. While there would have been a certain symmetry in Minaya acquiring Scott Kazmir from the Rays as a panic trade to save his job, it probably would not have been a good idea for the Mets. While it does confirm that the Mets season is over, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Hope, in this case, would not have been a good thing.