The Trade Deadline Happened

2009 July 31

The guys over at Walkoff Walk have it all covered.

Should I even bother giving my own analysis of the multitude of trades? Nah. Fangraphs can handle that.

I’ll just comment on the fact that the Mets did nothing. I heartily approve of this course of action. Even if they could have gotten Victor Martinez for two out of Jon Niese, Brad Holt, or Jenrry Mejia, I wouldn’t have pulled the trigger. Martinez, like Cliff Lee, has an inexpensive club option for 2010, but that’s it. Ok, MAYBE the Mets have a chance next year, but I’m already looking forward to 2011. That’s the last year on Beltran’s contract. Niese should be cemented in the rotation by then, along with at least either Holt or Mejia. Hopefully Fernando Martinez can get through a full year in 2010 without getting fucking hurt again, so he can be the full-time center fielder, with Beltran moving to a corner outfield spot.

Maybe if Fernando Martinez showed more this season when he came up — or if Pelfrey, Maine or Perez actually had a decent season — I would be more optimistic with regards to next season, but how could I be? Even with Victor Martinez, the Mets would have a lot of trouble keeping up with the Phillies next year. But after the 2010 season, the Phillies have a ton of potential problems to deal with, and they won’t be able to keep everyone. That’s what the Mets need to plan for. I can’t believe I’m saying this about a team with a $140 million payroll.

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