The New York Mets have been adamant that they will be buyers leading up to the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline, rather than sellers. Also, however, the Mets are adamant that they will not mortgage their farm system to add pieces in an effort to improve their team for a playoff run.
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"We're watching every day the same thing people are," [assistant general manager John] Ricco said Thursday morning. "But you also can't fool yourself into thinking that there's one guy that is going to be the be-all and end-all solution to all of our problems. You can fall into that trap and make some big mistakes. It's one of the good things about having an experienced guy like [GM] Sandy [Alderson]. He's been down this road before."
As for balancing the present versus the future, the Mets seem to be tilted toward the latter.
"It's not even every day; we're constantly weighing both those things and having a lot of discussion about it," Ricco said. "But, at the end of the day, it's not completely in our control. There's the [other] teams. And they see the same thing. They know that, 'OK, we have to make a deal now.' So they're going to try to hold somebody over a barrel. And then it comes down to, 'Do we feel it's close enough that we can make that move?' And so far we haven't hit on it."
The Mets are trying to improve their leaky bullpen and have been rumored to be involved in talks for several potentially available relievers