CBSNewYork (CBSNewYork/AP) — When the season started, the Mets thought they’d be preventing for first place this time of yr. As an alternative, they could possibly be considered one of baseball’s busiest sellers earlier than the July 31 commerce deadline.
Surprisingly poor pitching and one other string of accidents to prime gamers have put the underperforming Mets (forty one-forty eight) in an sudden place: Coming off consecutive playoff appearances, they’re 9½ video games out of a wild-card spot. Delivery off veterans like Jay Bruce and Addison Reed to respectable contenders could be the one method they impression the pennant race.
“You’ll be able to’t simply throw up the white flag and say the season’s over,” supervisor Terry Collins stated Sunday earlier than a thirteen-four loss to Colorado. “We will catch up. We will get again within the hunt. And that’s our plan. However we’ve obtained to go play nicely. I don’t assume for any stretch of the creativeness that that is over but.”
Two days earlier, because the Mets got here out of the All-Star break, basic supervisor Sandy Alderson acknowledged “issues must go exceedingly properly” throughout a ten-recreation homestand for the membership to “change path.”
That feels like a sensible entrance workplace resigned to procuring what it will probably for a number of pending free brokers.
So whereas the rebuilding Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) and price range-minded Oakland Athletics (Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle) have already cashed in belongings, the Mets won’t be far behind.
Want a harmful bat within the outfield with postseason expertise? Bruce and Curtis Granderson match the invoice.
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A top quality reliever who can arrange or shut? Reed ought to draw loads of curiosity.
A primary baseman with energy and a discerning eye on the plate? Lucas Duda.
All of them, along with injured second baseman Neil Walker, make sizable salaries and are eligible at no cost company following the World Collection.
Then there’s change-hitting infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, who requested a commerce (however then backed off) after getting shifted from shortstop to second base just lately. His contract consists of an $eight.5 million membership choice subsequent yr with a $2 million buyout.
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The Boston Herald reported Monday the Purple Sox have scouted each Cabrera…