WASHINGTON -- The Mets saw firsthand on Saturday how quickly trades can develop, learning hours before first pitch that the Nationals had traded away their probable starter, Jason Marquis, as well as utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. Watching all that unfold reminded the Mets that despite their own general manager's proclamations, there is still a small chance of another deal prior to Sunday's 4 p.m. Trade Deadline.
Providing evidence of that much, GM Sandy Alderson opted to remain in his New York office this weekend, rather than make a scheduled trip to join the Mets in Washington.
"Sandy's well aware of what's going on, and what he wants to do, and how he wants to get there," manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't ask my opinion on certain guys. He knows what we need."
That said, the Mets remain unlikely to swing a third deal this month following the trades of Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran. Though the team possesses several useful chips with expiring contracts, including starter Chris Capuano and lefty specialist Tim Byrdak, Alderson said earlier this week that he feels somewhat obligated to keep the rest of his club intact.
"For me, thinking about going to another team, it's too big to think about right now," Capuano said. "My focus is very much on cleaning up my execution."