Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that there aren’t any other moves “in the works” with the Aug. 31 deadline for postseason eligibility a little more than a week away.
The Mets had a busy weekend, trading Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Jacob Rhame on Friday and allowing catcher Rene Rivera to be acquired by the defending world champion Cubs on a straight waiver claim Saturday.
Sources told Newsday on Sunday that trade interest in infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has picked up, but Alderson said nothing was imminent on that front.
“There’s another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So anything can happen,” Alderson said Monday morning at the Mets’ Military Softball Classic at Citi Field. “As of right now, there’s nothing in the works.”
Granderson, who was in his fourth season with the Mets, was showered with well-wishes from teammates and fans after his late-night departure Friday. On Sunday, he homered in his second game with the Dodgers.
“That was probably the most difficult transaction here at the deadline, simply because he’s been here for almost four years, and more importantly because of the contributions he made on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community,” Alderson said of Granderson. “He’s just a first-rate individual and somebody who represented the Mets so well over the last four years. It’s really hard to let him go.”
In Rhame, the Mets hope they have found themselves another hard thrower for their shaky bullpen. A sixth-round selection in the 2013 draft, Rhame was 0-2 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League. The Mets assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
“Like a number of young players we got, he’s a righthanded pitcher who throws hard,” Alderson said. “He’s close to major league-ready. Hopefully, we’ll see him either in September or spring training. We’re very happy we got him.”
Alderson said another hard-throwing righthander, starter Noah Syndergaard, is making progress in his rehab from a partial lat muscle tear suffered in late April.
“He’s on track, but we’re being careful with any rehab assignment, so that’s still not currently scheduled,” Alderson said, “but we’re making good progress.”