MILWAUKEE - Someday, perhaps as soon as this offseason, the Mets finally may assemble a lineup capable of steady production. Maybe, before they report to spring training, they will have traded for Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
But for now, the Mets must make the most of what they have, which proved to be just enough in last night's stirring 3-2 victory over the Brewers.
"Just amazing," manager Terry Collins said after one of the season's most uplifting victories. "A great ninth inning."
Faced with a 2-0 deficit in the ninth, the Mets roared to life against former teammate Francisco Rodriguez. Daniel Murphy redeemed himself for a pair of errors, starting the rally with a double to left. David Wright followed with a run-scoring single to left.
Lucas Duda gave the Mets their first lead of the game, hitting a laser beam over the fence in right-centerfield on the first pitch he saw from Rodriguez.
"That was definitely a big win," said Duda, whose 17 homers lead the Mets.
Jenrry Mejia worked around a leadoff walk for his 14th save.
Until the ninth, Zack Wheeler had been in line for the loss, his unfair reward for allowing two runs -- one earned -- while holding the Brewers to three hits in 62/3 innings. His only mistake came on Carlos Gomez's seventh-inning solo homer.
But the Mets improved to 4-4 on the 10-game road trip, even though they entered the game hitting .168 during the stretch.
With less than a week to go until the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, it appears the Mets won't make any significant moves in the near future.
A source said that the Mets have yet to engage in serious talks about any potential deals.
The real action may take place in the offseason. As part of an effort to explore trade opportunities, the Mets have reached out to the Rockies about the availability of Tulowitzki and Gonzalez, according to people familiar with the situation.
A source termed the conversation as little more than "due diligence." Yet, the Mets made it clear they would be suitors if the Rockies make either player available on the trade market. That conversation -- first reported in Thursday's New York Post -- has come with plenty of doubt about whether the Rockies would follow through on moving either player.
If he's traded, Tulowitzki has five years and at least $106 million remaining on his contract. Gonzalez has $53 million left on the remaining three years of his deal after this season.
Still, the possibility of scoring significant upgrades at shortstop and leftfield raised eyebrows around the Mets.
Though he has dealt with injuries, the 29-year-old Tulowitzki is a four-time All-Star shortstop. But if he's available, the Mets likely would face heavy competition from the Yankees. In the past, he has expressed an interest in succeeding the retiring Derek Jeter.
Gonzalez, 28, is a two-time All-Star who would give the Mets a much-needed dangerous bat in a corner outfield spot.
For now, though, such a deal appears to be little more than a vision for down the road.
In an immediate sense, things have been even quieter.
A source said the club expects that chatter regarding Bartolo Colon, 41, will intensify, though only as the deadline nears. Murphy, 29, also has generated some interest, though the source said the Mets don't seem inclined to trade their lone All-Star at the deadline.
With David Lennon
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