Sandy Alderson spent Sunday's trade deadline searching for a reliever to help the Mets' bullpen.
But he ultimately decided to stand pat, because, in the GM's words, "I thought this group has proved to be resilient and tough and determined and they deserve a shot. And I didn't want to take any single piece out of that mix."
Alderson said he had an opportunity to make a move as the deadline approached and acknowledged that there was interest in closer Jason Isringhausen, though he said there was never serious consideration to move the veteran righty.
"What we were looking for is an upgrade on some of the relief pitching that we have. We weren't going to subtract from the major league club to do that, I don't think we will …. The right deal just never materialized," the GM said.
Ultimately, Alderson felt the Mets were "better off keeping (the current) players and giving the remaining group as good an opportunity as possible to see how far they could go."
The Mets entered play Monday night 7 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the NL Wild Card race. Terry Collins estimated that it would take around 90 wins to be in contention for the wild card, meaning the Mets would have to win about 35 of their remaining 55 games to be in the race.
Alderson is pleased with how the team has played after deals that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee and slugger Carlos Beltran to San Francisco.
"There wasn't any compelling reason to go beyond that. And frankly, I felt that in the best interest of the organization it was better to play well the rest of this season than it was to add a modest prospect or two in some small deals," said Alderson, who reeled in top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler from the Giants.
The GM did not rule out the possibility of making a deal prior to the waiver wire deadline on Aug. 31.
"I don't expect anything dramatic. But if we can improve our situation we'll try to do it," Alderson said.