The Mets and Omar Minaya have come a long way from just a few years ago. With the team low on talent due to injuries, the Mets have not made their custom knee-jerk moves of giving up young players for mediocre talent. Instead they've decided to ride things out with the players they already have in their system.
That doesn't mean that a move won't be made in the next few months, but just 2 or 3 years ago you know Nick Johnson would have been traded for already.
I'm hoping the Mets have learned from past mistakes like the trading of Kazmir, Keppinger or Bannister for less than desirable talent in the hopes of salvaging a season. The fact that reporters are saying the Mets aren't happy with the trade options available is a miracle. When are the Mets ever not satisfied with the talent available? There have no rumors of Billy Beane conversations. How is this even possible?
It's possible because the team is winning.
If the Mets went 3-7 on their latest road trip and lost 2 out of 3 to the Nationals, Nick Johnson or Mark DeRosa or Bobby Bonilla would have been on this team by now. But winning helps ease Omar's desire to pull the trigger.
The second key is pitching. The Mets have gotten solid performances from their starters even with Oliver Perez leaving a gaping, multi-million dollar hole in the rotation. And, of course, the bullpen is much improved helping to finish what the starters started.
It always comes back to pitching. Here's to hoping that Mets management learned their lesson from years past and that we have better planning ahead of us.