Mike Kerwick of The Record writes that Sandy Alderson believes the team “is closer” to indicate whether he has enough information to determine which of his current players would or wouldn’t be part of the team when the Mets take the field in 2014.
As the team owners, front office and manager Terry Collins meet in Port St. Lucie to discuss the team’s plans this offseason, the goal of these discussions is quite clear and that is to have a better team than the one they ended this season with.
“The goal is to have a better team. It’s not to have a better this or a better that,” Alderson told reporters before departing for PSL.
One of the biggest decisions the Mets GM will have to make is deciding the fate of Ike Davis. With Lucas Duda also in the mix, something’s gotta give and manager Terry Collins knows that better than anyone. There’s a good chance that the team passes on both players and looks to someone outside the organization, but like everything else, that will come down to how much the Mets can afford or how much they are willing to give up to trade for a viable solution.
“I think we’ve got to make sure if we go to spring training and Lucas and Ike are both there, and they’re both tearing it up, we’ve got to make some decisions,” Collins said.
But I think he knows that that probably won’t be the case when Spring Training camp opens in February.
Two other areas that may be an even bigger concern is the shortstop position and who the corner outfielders will be.
“We’re going to have to make sure we’ve got a capable outfield,” Alderson said. “We’re going to have to make sure we’ve got a capable shortstop. But where we invest our dollars, where we invest our trade value, again is going to be a function of what’s out there for us.”
Unless Sandy is talking about Travis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Daniel Murphy, there’s not much trade value on the major league side of things. In the minors they have top pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero to go with a few dozen crap shoots.
Add to the shortstop, outfield and first base situation Alderson’s quest to add a veteran starter and 2-3 arms for the bullpen, and it becomes clear how full the Mets’ plate will be this Winter.
Sandy says he’s no longer exclusively building for the longterm and he knows that time for waiting is over. The future he’s been selling fans for the last three years is now. He closed his interview with Mike Francesa and his media session at Citi Field with basically the same words. “The future is now.”