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How a trade can be right and wrong at the same time

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On Monday, the New York Mets lost 2nd year ace Matt Harvey to an elbow injury, the 3rd starter to suffer the same injury in the last month. First, it was Jeremy Hefner, who won't be back until 2015 after Tommy John surgery. Then, it was Jenrry Mejia, who was coming back from TJ surgery, and will likely be back in time for spring training in 2014. Now, it's Harvey, and he's trying to be optimistic, hoping to return in time for the 2014 season. The Citi Field injury curse keeps hurting the orange & blue crew.

Today, the Mets decided to trade their top two RBI guys.

Catcher John Buck, less than two weeks removed from the birth of his first child, and outfielder Marlon Byrd were shipped to Pittsburgh in exchange for a minor league infielder, Dilson Herrera, and a player to be named later.

On one hand, it's a bad move because it sends the message that even with a late, miracle run in September, the Mets' brass has given up on 2013. Anthony Recker, who was Buck's backup until Travis d'Arnaud was called up less than 2 weeks ago, was recalled, along with outfielder Matt Den Decker and reliever Robert Carson. However, there's no depth at the catching position until the rosters expand on Sunday. What happens if d'Arnaud or Recker gets hurt before Sunday?

On the other hand, the Mets add some infield depth for the future, though Herrera is at least 3 years away from reaching the bigs. Plus, you don't know who the other player is, and how much he can contribute.

It's not the first time that the Mets have had a veteran catcher join the team, then get traded in midstream. Happened just a couple of years ago with Rod Barajas, who got off to a fast start offensively, just as Buck did this year, but was dealt to LA at the trading deadline. I don't like the idea of management waving the white flag now, but they're not sure if their captain, David Wright, can come back and be a contributor in September. That uncertainty, whilst unspoken, had something to do with the trade, which was in the works for days before Harvey's injury.

What the Mets really need now is an exorcist to find the injury demons that just won't leave. Their about to finish their 5th season at Citi Field, and just can't shake the curse........


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