Friday, July 18, 2014
Alderson: Not much trade talk happening
By Adam Rubin
SAN DIEGO -- With less than two weeks until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Sandy Alderson indicated that he has so far had little dialogue with other GMs.
"It's hard to say exactly what will happen on the trade market," Alderson said before Friday's second-half opener against the Padres. "I don't want to get into speculation about those things. Honestly, I haven't had a lot of conversations. So it's not clear to me what the opportunities will be. We'll just have to wait and see. My hope is things pick up a little bit as we get into the schedule after the All-Star break, and maybe even after this weekend. But right now we're just kind of canvassing the possibilities."
Asked if the Mets legitimately had postseason potential in his mind, Alderson disputed one sabermetric-oriented calculation that the Mets had a 3 percent chance.
"Well, somebody says we have a 3 percent chance. If you ask the guys on the field, they probably think we've got a little better chance than that," Alderson said. "We've got 67 games. I know the math. So we've got to play well. And we've got to play well starting with this road trip, pretty much straight through."
ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier this week that the Mets are making Bartolo Colon available.
Asked generically if the Mets might trade a veteran even with a good road trip and acquire young players, Alderson replied: "It's conceivable, I guess. It wouldn't be our first choice, I don't think, but it's a possibility."