As expected, the New York Mets did absolutely nothing at the MLB trade deadline Wednesday afternoon, so we are stuck with this extremely flawed team for the rest of the season.
There were reports that the market for Marlon Byrd heated up in the hours leading up to the 4 pm trade deadline. However, Sandy Alderson stuck to his demands to get a top prospect for Byrd while teams were apparently offering lower-tiered players.
It is hard to say that Alderson should have pulled the trigger because we do not know exactly what was being offered. It is probably better to hold onto Marlon Byrd for the remainder of the season than to pretty much give him away for a prospect who will likely not make it.
But here’s where Alderson’s lack of creativity comes into play. Perhaps he could have packaged Byrd and a reasonably highly-regarded prospect at the lower levels of the Mets minor league system for a prospect who is nearly major league-ready. A contender in desperate need of hitting might have parted with a top prospect if it also could have gotten another prospect in addition to Byrd.
But in the end, Stand Pat Sandy lived up to his nickname. He will surely soon promise that he will go crazy this winter acquiring players to transform the team. It’s a tune we have heard before, one that consistently falls flat.