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Mets' idle deadline: Years in the making

Exorbitant salaries, thin farm system limit options as team languishes in standings

Updated: July 31, 2010, 10:50 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The trading deadline passed Saturday at 4 p.m. with the New York Mets having done nothing, unless sending Triple-A first baseman Mike Jacobs to Toronto for a player to be named qualifies as a maneuver.

The positive spin: At least they didn't do something that would further set back the organization.

The reality is the Mets are not legitimately in a race right now. They entered Saturday trailing the division-leading Atlanta Braves by 7½ games and trailing ...

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