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The Mets are not likely to trade top young pitching for a young, impact hitter, "The vision for contention under Sandy Alderson looks more like Oakland and Tampa Bay than the 2000 Mets," team insiders have told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 22).

The plan is simple, explains Martino, "Keep most of the high-end pitching, and construct an offense around more interchangeable pieces."

According to Martino, while there may have been a deal to be made two to three years ago, this is no longer the case today.

"The overall lesson is that, with two wild cards and so much parity across baseball, it is hard to find sellers willing to part with superstars," he writes. "So the Mets’ expectations have changed, and they are no longer anticipating that one big move. Such a trade is still possible, but increasingly unlikely."

This model shouldn't be news to you, since I've talked about it a number of times, as recently as last month, writing, "The way I understand it, Alderson’s dream team will come to fruition because of a dominant, consistent, home-grown starting rotation, a financially-flexible, strike-out bullpen and disciplined, selective hitting with above-average power.This is not new. The Giants, Cardinals, A’s and Rays consistently win with a similar approach. Their pitching and farm systems are the backbones of their success, all while they shuffle hitters in, out and around two or three mainstays."

In regards to Stanton, friends in Miami say he's 100 percent off the market right now. The Marlins are winning, their pitching is thriving and they're on the verge of yet another over-spend, tear-down, rebuild-and-win cycle. Stanton may be available this winter, but it will cost a Zack Wheeler, pitching prospects and at least one promising hitter, think C Kevin Plawecki.

I believe the Mets have the goods to get Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, who is due roughly $60 million through 2017. However, the Rockies will look to get the best talent back, they're not interested in just cutting payroll. The thing is, Gonzalez is injured, often, and there will always be questions surrounding him about how his numbers will translate playing 81 games at Citi Field, though it helps that he hits left-handed.

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