Sandy Alderson: No Big Trades, No Big Spending, Johan Okay, Needs To Fill Two Bench Spots

Sandy Alderson talks to the media
Sandy Alderson talks to the media

Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters this afternoon and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was kind enough to transcribe most of the details.

  • Sandy Alderson said it’s “fair” to say Mets won’t sign anyone who commands more than $1.5 million. Still, Alderson said free agent market should still be “robust” since players who made more than $1.5 million in past now may command less.
  • Sandy Alderson on adding more starting pitcher: Our problem is we’ve got 5 guys that we like, five guys that deserve to pitch in a rotation.
  • At this point, Sandy Alderson says he is looking to fill out the bench and a last spot in the bullpen. He’s looking at right-handed hitting outfielders and a shortstop who can fill in on a stop-gap basis, in the event someone like Ruben Tejada got injured. “Basically we’re looking to fill out the bench as well as the last spot in the bullpen.”
  • Sandy Alderson declines to speak about Mets minority ownership sales, except to say nothing has changed since Christmas party. Alderson said at Christmas party that he expected Mets would have minority investors on board in January.
  • Sandy Alderson said Santana should have normal spring training, but you never know until he tries to bounce back from repetitive pitching. Alderson said trainer Ray Ramirez spent 10 days with Johan Santana in Venezuela. Santana about 3 weeks into throwing program.
  • Alderson said Mets doing full physicals, including internal medicine, on free-agent signings so there’s longer gap from deal to announcement.

Well, feast on that everybody. Plenty here to discuss.

All in all this was a successful offseason under very extreme circumstances. I give a lot of credit to Alderson who set out to revamp the bullpen and brought in some terrific pieces who have all had some success in the past.

Getting back a healthy Johan Santana will be the key to how the season progresses past March and into April. One thing is certain and that is that the front office are being very cautious which is a departure from how things used to be around here.

I’m glad to see we are finally doing “FULL” physicals before we hand millions to a free agent.