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Did the New York Mets Acquire Enough Young Talent at Trade Deadline to Rebuild?

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 and Justin Turner #2 of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 19, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  Teammate Daniel Murphy (not pictured) hit a two run double.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Joe Rapolla Jr.Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2011

The MLB trade deadline has passed, and the New York Mets were clearly sellers. Relief pitcher Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez and right fielder Carlos Beltran, two of the franchise's biggest names, were both shipped out.

As any Mets fan or baseball fan will tell you, these trades badly needed to get done to free the cash-strapped Mets of the financial burden that these two players put on them.

Although the Mets are technically in the wild-card race right now, most will agree that it will be a surprise to see the Mets play in October. With this season likely a lost cause, the question must be asked: did the Mets acquire enough talent to rebuild?

Let's take a look. 

First off, the biggest acquisition that the Mets got from these deals was pitcher Zack Wheeler. Wheeler was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, and has potential to be the number one pitcher for the Mets in a few years.

The fact that they were able to relieve themselves of some of Beltran's financial burden AND acquire such a talented young prospect is phenomenal. The Mets surely did themselves good in this trade. 

Now, to evaluate the K-Rod trade. Certainly, it was cash-driven. The Mets' intention was to relieve themselves of the $17.5 million that they would have owed K-Rod if he completed the whole season.

They did this successfully, and received two players from the Milwaukee Brewers that have yet to be named. Obviously, these guys aren't top prospects, but perhaps they have potential. 

After evaluating the Mets' two biggest trades, the answer to the article's headline question is no, they did not acquire enough talent to rebuild, but that does not mean the Mets are losers. 

While they may have not acquired all the talent they need right here and now, they paved the way for the rebuilding process to begin and, for an organization that, in recent times, has been poorly run, they executed these trades with grace and wit.

Perhaps Wheeler can now become a star for the Mets and right fielder Lucas Duda can finally showcase his potential. Perhaps now the Mets can finally not be so concerned with their finances and focus their attention on rebuilding. 

Before you build a big, new house, you have to prep the land, kill the weeds and level the soil. This is what the Mets have done. They paved the way for rebuilding, and did they best they could in both acquiring and preparing to acquire young talent.

 

Joe Rapolla Jr. is a correspondent for Bleacher Report. He also owns a fantasy football insight company called Who Needs Reality? Follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/wintheleague

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