Thursday, July 07, 2011

Sandy Alderson will wait before making any trades


With four of his high-profile players injured, and his team floating between contention and resignation, General Manager Sandy Alderson declared Wednesday that the Mets’ next 10 to 12 games were critical as he assesses whether or not to pursue trades.

If the Mets survive that stretch of games with a playoff spot still realistic, then the next 10 games leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline will be even more critical, he said.

A disastrous next two weeks could be a signal for Alderson to pursue trade partners for players like Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez, and perhaps even Mike Pelfrey. But if the Mets continue to play as they have, winning four in a row and 9 of 13 heading into Thursday’s night game against the Dodgers, then Alderson will be tempted to let this group make a push for the postseason.

For now, he is willing to wait at least couple of weeks.

“Never say never,” he said, referring to the possibility of a series of trades that would be a concession for the season. “But we all want to win. We all want to compete. That’s true for the front office as well.”
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