Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that a source told him the Mets do not intend to trade Bobby Parnell as the trade deadline approaches and consider him to be a “valuable” piece for the team.
Martino says this supports Alderson’s claim that he could be a buyer at the trade deadline and not a seller which many expected to be the case.
The GM’s decision not to shop the closer speaks to the difference in his approach this year. Despite the team’s ghastly play, Alderson is shooting for contention as soon as possible, and is ready to build the big league team; as we have reported, the Mets are far more likely to trade prospects next month than acquire them. Alderson is looking for outfielders under control beyond this season, among other major leaguers.
“What I’d like to be able to do is maybe acquire a player or two who will not only be with us this year but into the future,” Alderson told the fans. “That makes sense and is consistent with what we’ve been trying to do longer t...