With season down the tubes, makes no sense for Mets to make a trade, or does it?
- Updated: July 31, 2012
Coming into the season, it seemed like the New York Mets were a step behind a lot of organizations in baseball, particularly in their own division. The Phillies and Marlins were supposed to be among the best in the league (LOL) and the Braves and Nationals were still considered better than the Mets. During the first half of the season (like the past three seasons), the Mets overachieved enough to convince themselves they could contend for a playoff spot. With the extra wild card added, there were few Mets fans who didn’t think the Mets at least had a chance to compete for one of those two spots.
There is no question the Mets went from being contenders to being out of the race extremely fast. Thats what happens when you lose 12 out of 13 games. So, does the fact that it is unlikely the Mets could compete for a playoff spot automatically keep them from adding on to their team? They almost cannot sell, since Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak are not considered big pieces. Even if they are moved, it matters very little since they are both free agents after the season. Assistant GM John Riccohas said that any moves made will be made to benefit the team in 2013, essentially meaning two things. First, he will not trade somebody for minor leaguers that will not be ready to play in the bog leagues next year. And secondly, the Mets are not looking for a rental player; any trade made will likely result in a player who will be around in 2013.
Belisle is 32 years old and took a little while to develop as a solid reliever. The Rockies rewarded him with a 3 year $10+ million deal before the 2011 season which means he will be under contract through 2013. 2014 calls for a $4.25 million option with a $250 K buyout. He will be paid $4.15 million for the 2013 season. He is 3-2, 2.25 in 48 games and has 45 strikeouts in 52 IP. And obviously, could come cheaper than Wilhelmson since Belisle is older.
When it comes to adding a backup catcher, it is fair to say that many catchers have disappointed this season. After a big year in 2012, Miguel Olivo is hitting .202. Geovanny Soto is hitting .193 and John Buck is hitting .172. It makes Mike Nickeasnot seem like a bad hitter. I was more gung-ho about adding a catcher until it was proven there are no go-to options. Ramon Hernandez makes the most sense, assuming the Mets give up very little and there is enough thought that Hernandez could still hit. Not only this year, but next season being he is still owed $3.2 million for 2013. Maybe the Mets think better options will be around in the offseason, something I would not fault them for.