Mets GM Sandy Alderson could not say Tuesday if he plans to be as active before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline this summer as he was last year.
"I think it's going to depend quite a bit on what the situation is late in July, what our injury situation is with respect to all of the players we currently have on the disabled list, and those that may go on between now and then," Alderson explained.
The Mets have the financial resources to make deals, Alderson said. However, he is not working with the same level farm system he was in 2015, which could hinder has ability to make trades.
In deals last summer, Alderson traded several valuable prospects and minor-league talent to acquire Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed.
"Are we able to be as aggressive? I still think we have the prospects, if necessary, in our system to move," Alderson added. However, he continued, "There's no question, our farm system is not quite as healthy today as it was then in part because of all the trades we made. So, to the extent that we're active, it may hurt us a little more this year than it did last year."
Alderson acknowledged that his lineup is in need of additional talent, especially after losing David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Lucas Duda to the disabled list, and with Neil Walker and Michael Conforto continuing to battle injury on the active roster. However, the type of player currently available on the open market or in trade are not difference-makers, which is why he took immediate action to promote Rene Rivera, re-acquire Johnson and sign James Loney.
"You have to live with what's available," he added. "We're fortunate we've been able to add a few players. ... We have to fight through it, but it's a concern as we go forward, no question."
Last week, veteran MLB reporter Jon Heyman looked at 30 players that could become available before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, including Brewers C-1B Jonathan Lucroy, Padres 1B Wil Myers and C Derek Norris, A's 3B Danny Valencia and infielder Jed Lowrie, Pirates corner infielder David Freese and Braves 1B Freddie Freeman.
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