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Mets pleased they're still intact, although Travis d'Arnaud gets a scare

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson leaves after the

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson leaves after the conclusion of baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2013) Credit: AP

Entering the Mets' clubhouse and seeing all the familiar faces Friday, a day after baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, was comforting to his players, manager Terry Collins said.

Except for one. Travis d'Arnaud wasn't all that comfortable.

Not after arriving at Citi Field, walking to his locker and finding it empty, with his nameplate removed.

It was an awkward moment in which the date and the situation can lead one's mind to move at warp speed.

"I know the trade deadline was [Thursday], so who knows," the rookie catcher said. "I didn't know what was going on and I was a little nervous."

After walking around the clubhouse, d'Arnaud soon "was relieved" to discover he hadn't been moved. His locker had been, though. Clubhouse attendants switched d'Arnaud's locker to one about 15 spots up, closer to the entrance, between Anthony Recker and Dana Eveland.

It was the one d'Arnaud had at the beginning of the season before he was sent down to Las Vegas in early June. The spot then belonged to catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday.

"Travis had a little moment of worry," Recker said with a chuckle, "but they probably just moved him back thinking he'd be more comfortable."

Aside from that, it was status quo in the clubhouse. The trade deadline, of course, came and went without the Mets making a move. General manager Sandy Alderson said the organization had "set a price" on its players and that there wasn't an offer significant enough to warrant a trade.

"I knew it was a long shot we would make a deal," Collins said before Friday night's game. "Somebody was going to have to overwhelm us."

It had long been speculated that the Mets, with a surplus of talented starting pitchers at the major- and minor-league levels, would deal one or more to acquire offensive help.

Entering Friday night's game, the Mets' 423 runs ranked 21st in the majors and the team's 3.50 ERA was 10th best.

It had been thought that starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy were candidates to be traded if the Mets opted to sell at the deadline. But none of that happened, and the players said they were pleased.

"You start the season with certain guys and you want to end it with them," Recker said. "Moves are always made, but the goal is to finish as a unit. We have some consistency in our rotation the rest of the season, and that's a positive."

"It's baseball, so nothing surprises me either way," Murphy said. "But this is a really good group of guys and we've been playing well lately, so it makes sense."

Still, it seemed as if Colon, 41, was a prime candidate for a trade. Colon 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA, is due $3 million for the remainder of this season and $11 million next year.

"I'm glad we were able to keep Bartolo," d'Arnaud said. "He's a guy that has pitched well for us, who's a great teammate, and he always puts smiles on everyone's faces . . . It's always good to have a lot of quality pitchers. That's never a bad thing."

That pitching depth soon could be tested as potential innings limits become a factor. Young starters Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler likely will have their workloads closely monitored and even reduced in the coming weeks.

For now, though, the Mets can relax and concentrate on baseball. "I think we've got the pieces already in the clubhouse to play the kind of ball we've been playing recently, leading up to the All-Star break and for the last week or two," Murphy said. "Everyone is back, so it's time to just focus on the rest of the season."

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