For all of the Mets' big trade deadline dreams, spinning tales of Manny Ramirez or Alfonso Soriano at Shea Stadium, Sunday's 4 p.m. trading deadline came and went without a whimper from the team.
Indeed, even lesser rumors like Tampa Bay closer Danys Baez or Pittsburgh's Jose Mesa and Daryle Ward went by the wayside, with GM Omar Minaya simply refusing to give in to a seller's market.
The only move of the weekend was signing 33-year-old free agent Wil Cordero to a minor league contract, not exactly the kind of transaction that can bolster a club's postseason hopes.
"When it was all said and done, there was nothing there," Minaya told reporters on a conference call. "We tried to do something, but either the price was a little too high or there wasn't a match. We didn't want to make a trade for the sake of making a trade."
Fittingly, as it became clear that the Mets weren't going to be returning home with Ramirez in left field or Soriano at second base – and that the farm system would be left intact with players like Lastings Milledge, Yusmeiro Petit and Mike Jacobs – the offense picked the perfect time to put up a convincing 17-hit attack.
Cliff Floyd homered and Doug Mientkiewicz and Mike Cameron collected three hits apiece in a 9-4 win over the Houston Astros, overcoming another shaky start by Kazuhisa Ishii, whose hold on the starting rotation is tenuous with Steve Trachsel's expected return around the corner.
The win only helped to salvage some of what was ultimately a disappointing seven-game road trip for the Mets, who finished 2-5 after dropping three of four in Houston. They come home four games behind Houston in the wild card race and eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Neal Musser (3-9, 5.65) tossed six sterling innings of two-hit, shutout ball, striking out five as the Tides rolled to a 8-0 win over the Columbus Clippers Sunday. Eric Valent homered twice and Rodney Nye added a two-run shot, while Heath Bell picked up his fourth Triple-A save by pitching the final three innings.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: The B-Mets fell to a 9-3 defeat Sunday against Akron, as Bryan Edwards (3-5, 3.98) allowed four runs in 6-1/3 innings. Brett Harper hit his seventh homer and Aarom Baldiris added his fifth longball, part of a 3-for-4, two RBI day, in the loss.
SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: Miguel Pinango (1-1, 4.61) was touched for five runs in 4-2/3 innings Sunday as St. Lucie fell to Sarasota, 6-3. Grant Psomas had three hits and a run scored in the losing effort.
SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: The Suns were rained out in a doubleheader Sunday against the Kannapolis Intimidators, the fifth straight day that Hagerstown has had a game rained out or suspended.
SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: The Cyclones managed just four hits in a 2-0 loss to the Lowell Spinners Sunday. Two of the hits were by Nick Evans, hitting .265 this year. Bobby Parnell pitched well in a no-decision start, allowing just three hits over five shutout innings and striking out eight.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Jose Coronado scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, leading the K-Mets past Bluefield, 3-2. Jusef Frias allowed a run on two hits over six innings in a no-decision start, while Sean Henry had two hits for Kingsport.