Sandy Alderson was a guest during the sixth inning of this afternoon’s SNY Cubs vs. Mets broadcast. Gary Cohen hit him up with some great questions in the short time that he had, and ended up getting some nice insights into what the Mets GM is thinking about regarding a wide range of topics.
Matt Harvey: Alderson believes that Matt Harvey could be a viable option for the rotation if the need for him arises. He added that Harvey has had better command recently and is very close to being major league ready. He would have no problem calling him up if a situation that called for it came up in a month or so.
Zack Wheeler: Alderson said Wheeler will most likely be promoted to Buffalo as soon as he can string together a couple of dominant starts at Binghamton. He’s happy to see that Wheeler has developed better command of his secondary pitches.
Trade Market: He expects that the trade intensity and buzz will pick up during the All Star break and ramp up from there as we get closer to the end of the month. He said the needs are apparent at catcher, bullpen and a right-handed bat, but that he won’t make a move in the hope that it will help. He will only make a move that he believes will considerably have a positive impact.
Team Chemistry: He fully grasps the concept of team chemistry in the clubhouse, and wants to make sure that any move he makes will not upset the chemistry that Terry Collins and the players have going right now. He says he needs to be sure that any new addition will have a positive net effect on the team’s chemistry.
Jordany Valdespin: He considers him to be one of the best athletic players in the organization and that his people told him a transition to the outfield would be no problem for him and that it certainly appears they were right. He thinks highly of him and sees him as a new and dynamic part of this current Mets team.
Alderson also mentioned that he will wait to see if Jason Bay comes back and starts contributing before he even considers making any deal for a right-handed bat. Bay is expected back when the Mets start their second half on Friday.