Showing posts with label 2011 Mets Trade Deadline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2011 Mets Trade Deadline. Show all posts

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Willie Harris Wants to Defeat Beltran in Playoffs


After Carlos Beltran's departure to join his new team, the San Francisco Giants, Willie Harris tried to rally the troops before last nights game. He said to anyone in earshot while in the training room,
"Lets make the playoffs and let's beat Carlos Beltran in the playoffs."
When asked about his comments Harris told the NY Post,
"I mean, how cool would that be?" Harris said after the Mets beat the Reds 8-2 at Great American Ball Park. "We trade our best hitter and then we send him home in the playoffs."
The Mets are one win closer to Harris' request after defeating the Reds with the help of Mike Pelfrey who seemed to have toned down his criticism of the Mets front office from earlier this week.
"Obviously we're a better team with Carlos Beltran," he said. "But that doesn't mean that Lucas Duda or Willie Harris or Scott Hairston on the bench can't step up. [The trade] is unfortunate, but we're all professionals and we're going to continue to go out there and play and go out there and win."
Pelfrey pitched a complete game allowing only 2 earned runs and 7 hits.

Alderson makes it official, Beltran and Cash to Giants For Pitching Prospect Zach Wheeler


The Mets officially announced Thursday morning that they had traded right fielder Carlos Beltran, along with cash, to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler, a right-handed minor league pitcher.

In a conference call Thursday afternoon, General Manager Sandy Alderson provided insight into the deal, which in the short term will hinder the Mets’ chances for a playoff berth.

In the long term, however, the deal brightens the Mets’ future with a highly regarded prospect described by Alderson as a “high end talent” with “top end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Alderson also addressed to an extent the notion that Beltran, despite interest from teams like the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox, would have refused to switch to the American League. Beltran had a no-trade clause in his contract.

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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