New York Mets: Making trades in June is difficult


The New York Mets have been one of the harder hit teams in the injury department this season, and that has caused a need to seek help from outside the organization.

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Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson has admitted that the Mets are searching the trade market. That trade market however doesn’t seem to appealing to Alderson yet.

“It’s a very narrow market. Teams are not looking to dump their players in the middle of June,” Alderson said to Fred Kerber of the New York Post. “That’s like advertising to their fans the season is over. I don’t care how bad your record is, teams are reluctant to do that at this point in the season. As you get closer to the trade deadline fans, media, develop more of an expectation that teams are going to move players. Right now it’s a bit early.”

The biggest position of need for the Mets is third base after the injury to David Wright. With a need a third base, the Mets have talked to the Milwaukee Brewers about third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ramirez has had a very good career, but this season he has really struggled. In 2015, Ramirez has hit just .211 with seven homeruns, and 19 RBI. Ramirez is a career .284 hitter, but age may have gotten the best of Ramirez this season.

“By and large, players that are available aren’t doing particularly well. And if they’re doing well or even if they have a reputation for having done well in the past, it’s like an arm and a leg. So when I say it’s a narrow market, there aren’t that many sellers.” Alderson said to Kerby.

It is very understandable for Alderson not wanting to part with any prospects in order to acquire the struggle Ramirez.

For the meantime, it looks like the plan for Alderson is to use Daniel Murphy at third base when he returns. Dilson Herrera was one of the most recent Mets to come off the disabled list, which allows the Mets to move Murphy to third base until Wright comes back.

The Mets are a half of game ahead of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, but they have certainly been treading water as of late. Being no hit by rookie Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants was a major wakeup call that this Mets lineup needs a big improvement.

With a need for a third baseman, and the struggles of the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central, it could result in Todd Frazier becoming available. The Reds likely won’t deal Frazier, if they do at all until much closer to the trade deadline, as trading Frazier would be the waving of the white flag to their fans.

In order to acquire Frazier, Alderson would have to part with at least one of his star pitching prospects, and nothing has indicated that the Mets will do that.

Despite having a real chance to win the division this season, the Mets don’t seem to be willingly to take a risk and trade one of their many pitchers to acquire a bat. The Nationals have also had their fair share of injuries this season, and will eventually get healthy and make their run.

Making blockbuster deals in June is very hard to do, but the Mets have to be willing to make one if a great player becomes available.

Next: What possible moves will the Mets make?

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