During an interview Sunday with MLB Network Radio, Sandy Alderson expressed that the loss of a first-round pick would be too steep a price for him to consider signing Michael Bourn, who is the best outfielder left on the free-agent market.
The Mets GM also confirmed that his plan for 2013 is to have one foot in “rebuild mode” and the other foot in “win now mode”.
“The blueprint here is to rebuild the farm system at the same time that we try to be competitive. For us to lose the first round pick would be a counter to that approach.”
“On the other hand, we have added significantly to our minor league system with the trade of R.A. Dickey and the acquisition of Zack Wheeler last year. So, the farm system is in much better shape than it had been. And so, we are in a position to at least consider the possibility of losing a draft pick. But at the same time, we are very reluctant to do so.”
Sandy is absolutely right, the farm system is in better shape than it had been.
But of course the major league squad is in worse shape than it had been… And for the third straight year…