The Mets did not trade infielder Asdrubal Cabrera or outfielders Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson prior to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.
"We really did not come close to moving any of those players," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on a conference call.
Although the Mets did not trade Cabrera to clear room in the infield, the Mets will call up 21-year-old shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, who is hitting .328 with a .367 OBP and .466 SLG with seven home runs, 19 doubles, seven triples, 66 runs scored, 58 RBIs and 19 stolen bases for Triple-A Las Vegas, on Tuesday.
Alderson said that there's a strong possibility the team will trade one or all of Cabrera, Bruce, and Granderson in August after potentially passing them through waivers.
"We have probably more outfielders than we can adequately utilize," Alderson added, saying the team wants to find playing time for Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares, who should soon return from the disabled list.
The Indians had been interested in Cabrera, reported Mark Feinsand of MLB.com over the weekend, and the Mariners had expressed interest as well.
The Mets hold a team option on the 31-year-old Cabrera for next season worth $8.5 million that contains a $2 million buyout,
Bruce, 30, is eligile for free agency after the season and is owed roughly $5 million for the remainder of 2017.
If the Mets don't trade him in August, they can extend a qualifying offer after the season. However, because of a change in the CBA, they will only been able to recoup a draft pick in the 70-to-80 range (not a sandwich pick after the first round) if Bruce declines the qualifying offer.
The 36-year-old Granderson, who is eligible for free agency after the season, is still owed roughly $7 million for 2017.
Matthew Cerrone: Bruce is worth more to the Mets as a compensatory draft pick than as a trade chip right now, mostly because no one needs a one-dimensional power hitter due $5 million in a league flush with power. So, if a team wanted to pay more than how the Mets value a middle-round draft pick, the Mets would have moved him. But, no one did, so Bruce may be staying for at least eight more weeks...
That said, I'm surprised no one stepped up to get Granderson. I kept hearing today that the Indians had interest in him and Asdrubal Cabrera, but there was never a sense of urgency because both players will be easy to get in trade through waivers during August.
In Granderson, who I believed would get dealt in the final minutes of today's deadline, teams missed out on an upbeat, energetic veteran who can hit leadoff or cleanup, steal a base, hit a home run, be a pinch hitter or pinch runner and play all three outfield positions.
In a market where Melky Cabrera netted two minor leaguers, I'm surprised no one was willing to pay the same (or even slightly less) to get Granderson. The Mets wanted to move him. So, the fact that he's still here indicates no such market existed.