Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports that Sandy Alderson has not made any offers to players or teams.
“We met with some clubs, we met with some agents, we laid some groundwork,” Alderson said before leaving. “We had some phone calls, because some agents didn’t attend these meetings.We made progress.”
“No,” Alderson said about having offers out on the table.
There’s a post on MetsBlog that the Mets spoke to the Orioles about Nick Markakis. There’s nothing there. A beat writer for the O’s said it was the first he heard about it when I emailed him this morning.
Is Markakis available? Of course he is… Markakis has $17 million dollars owed to him in 2014…
He’s also in steep decline and is coming off a negative WAR season…
He is as available as Jason Bay was during his last two years with the Mets.
Players with horrific contracts are always available.
The Mets spoke with the Orioles… Guess what? The Mets spoke with every single team in the last 72 hours. This is what they do at the GM Meetings.
Back to reality…
Adam Rubin confirmed with a team official that the Mets wish list remains the same; two corner outfielders, two starting pitchers, a shortstop, a veteran backup catcher, and some late-inning relief help. The backup catcher however, is now less of a priority as the front office is warming up to Anthony Recker.
There’s lots of work to do and the fans are getting restless. Nobody knows this better than Alderson, but he won’t let that dissuade him from his methodical approach.
Asked if he can sense “anxiety” from the fans, Alderson added: “Do I sense it? Yeah, to some extent. Do I tune it out? Yes, to the largest extent possible. Because for us this is a day-to-day proposition, and it’s not that predictable. So I just sort of have to take it out of the equation to some extent, but be aware of the overall environment as well.”