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Alderson unlikely to deal by deadline

General Manager Sandy Alderson talks to reporters during

General Manager Sandy Alderson talks to reporters during spring training at Digital Domain stadium in Port St. Lucie. (Feb. 19, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

WASHINGTON — During Thursday’s announcement of the Carlos Beltran trade, Sandy Alderson suggested that he was unlikely to do any more deals before Sunday's 4 p.m. non-waivers deadline.

But the general manager did not make his scheduled trip to D.C. for this weekend’s series, and manager Terry Collins, in talking about the trade countdown, said Alderson “stayed in New York for certain reasons.”

Despite Alderson’s inclination to keep the Mets together at this point, anything is possible, but the Mets don’t really have much left on the agenda after trading Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.

There is always a market for pitching, but the Mets don’t stand to gain much by moving anyone on their current roster and their rotation depth already is thin. Alderson has told Jason Isringhausen that he won’t be traded, leaving Tim Byrdak as the most susceptible to a move.

“Sandy is well aware of what’s going on,” Collins said. “What he wants to do and how he wants to get there. He and I talk enough that he’s aware if we have needs. If there’s things he has to do for other reasons, then he’s going to do them.”

The deadline used to be more of a concern for Jose Reyes, who was the subject of trade speculation for the first two months of the season. But after Alderson stated his intention to keep the shortstop, he could breathe a little easier. Still, he won’t be able to relax until 4 p.m. today.

“You never know,” Reyes said. “Anything can happen.”

As for what the Mets got back in the Beltran deal, Zack Wheeler won’t have much of an impact on Collins’ life for a while, if ever. But the manager received his own scouting report earlier in the week.

“I just had a guy who’s not even affiliated with our club tell me the reports that they had in Cincinnati pretty much all said ‘Wow,’ ” Collins said.

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