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  1. For a team without money, Alderson has done remarkably well. Getting Marcum for $4mil also looks to be a low-risk / high-reward move. Assuming their outfield moves don’t turn out quite as well and the team struggles to be relevant again, guys like Marcum, Lyon and Atchison could be moved for minor leaguers mid-season, presumably with Santana and Buck. At least in theory. They don’t want to be seen as “punting on 2013″ though.

    Comment by Dave — February 4, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  2. cant say “punting” either, but, I do suspect they will be very active sellers come mid-season/trade deadline times. Is there anybody on the roster that is off limits? That is, aside from Wright, and the returns from Toronto.

    Comment by Cidron — February 4, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  3. Who could the Mets really offer? Santana if he has a good first half? Maybe Ike if they decide to go the Duda route? Duda if they decide to go to the Ike route?

    They aren’t exactly full of trade chips.

    Comment by schachterman — February 4, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

  4. Lyon, Hawkins, Atchinson are all chips. Teams always seek relief help. Marcum, if he’s healthy and effective is another.

    Comment by Matt M — February 4, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  5. Niese would probably bring back something worthwhile. While it would be really surprising if they moved him (young, locked up last year), I don’t think he’s “off-limits” in the way that Wright is.

    Comment by Jon C — February 4, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  6. Santana, Marcum, Lyon, KRod, Atchinson, Parnell, Hawkins, Feliciano all has plenty of value for a playoff team needing rotation or bullpen help.

    As for the batting side
    I can see Duda, Murphy and Buck traded if they have a good year

    Comment by dovif — February 4, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  7. I am sure Alderson is wishing that the outfield bargain bin was just as full of worthwhile gambles…

    Comment by BurleighGrimes — February 4, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

  8. I like all the bullpen moves, especially Lyon, but I would still pursue Valverde and then try to deal Parnell as a chip to a team like Toronto that has seven OFers on their 40 man roster. (Cabrera, Gose, Bautista, Rasmus, Davis, Bonifacio, Sierra) Given Toronto’s payroll limit and need for a back end reliever, I bet they would deal Bonifacio (2.6 mil)for Parnell(1.7 mil) straight up. Familia or Lyon could step in as Parnell’s replacement and we get a CF that can bat leadoff. Not a big fan of Bourn at that price tag and I think Bonifacio is a poor man’s Bourn anyway…

    Comment by Met Greg — February 5, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

  9. As bad as the outfield is, I would be surprised if Alderson has any plans to deal Parnell to improve it. Not only was he the Mets most (“only” might be more descriptive) effective reliever, but he is under team control for the next two seasons (arbitration eligible through 2015). Small market teams like the Wilpon-owned Mets can’t afford to lose the financial flexibility that players like Parnell provide.

    Comment by Degree Absolute — February 5, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

  10. I GIVE UP, just like Sandy has done. We have been BAD since 2007 and there have been no “real” attempts to improve the team. All this talk, andm that’s all it is, talk, about prospects and draft picks, means nothing on the field. Look at the Yankees, they always seem to be in the thick of things, them look at the METS. I think that they are at opposite ends of the plan, the Yankees spend, spend, spend and the METS bargain shop and do nothing. The proper approach, I feel, is something between. As a fan, I have less faith in the 2013 team than I did in 2012 andm, that’s saying alot. Al I want is a team that plays like they did at the start of 2012, comes back from behind, score late and fight until the end. I hate turning off the game as soon as the other team scores a run, that sucks. Prospects and draft picks are great, but, putting all your eggs in one basket never works out. When the future arrives, when is that 2014-15, what then? We llook ahead and say in 2020 we will be better because we have so and so in the minors?

    Comment by Jim Yager — February 6, 2013 @ 7:52 am

  11. that’s a really silly way to look at things.

    how do you think a team like the yankees was always in the thick of things? by building in-house with a core that turned out to be the the bulk of a dynasty, then filling around it with a piece or two. the yankees were successful because they spent, spent, spent…ON THE DRAFT. why they’ve only won one title in 12 years with limitless resources is because they relied almost exclusively on free agents from 2002-2009 at the expense of their system.

    even going back to the late ’90s, the mets weren’t building like a modern era team. it’s extremely futile (and cost inefficient) to try to buy the latter years of a player’s career at over-market value. teams win by having feeder systems to fill in on the 25 man roster and trade from, take those in-house players they keep and look them up by buying out arb years in exchange for delaying free agency, etc. but…i guess i’ve already expressed way too much logical thinking. “putting all your eggs in one basket” is what they did with free agency. now the team spends on the draft, builds via trades, and tries to continue to give themselves flexibility to be in on any free agent by not committing to outlandish, backloaded contracts for players with fading skill sets. that’s much more diversified than “need OF, sign best OF, DONE!”

    you can’t expect a team that still has ridiculous commitments from the previous administration to just absolve everything in a couple of years. adults build real, sustainable success. children cry when they don’t get what they want when they want it.

    Comment by brian — February 6, 2013 @ 10:19 am

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