Alderson Discusses Dickey Situation And Mets Strategy In Nashville

Tonight at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters and confirmed that he met with R.A. Dickey for ten minutes today, but that it was purely social.

Alderson said he will not negotiate a new deal without Dickey’s agent present.

“I don’t negotiate directly with R.A. That would not be professional under the circumstances. He’s represented.”

“On the other hand, we continue to have conversations with his agent. I would expect that we’ll see him some time during these three or four days. When, exactly, I’m not sure.”

Alderson has no intention of letting Dickey play out his option in 2013 and he expects to have trade discussions with several teams about the reigning Cy Young winner.

“We expect to talk to a lot of teams about a lot of different things. That’s why we’re here. I would suspect, yes, we will have conversations about R.A. That doesn’t mean we would prefer to go in that direction or reconcile to go in that direction.”

As far as acquiring players, he reiterated that there is not enough flexibility to add significant players via free agency, but that he intends to focus on what players are available via the trade market over the course of the next few days.

“We’ll know more in two or three days. I think there are free agents out there who can help us, who are in our price range. Whether we’re able to fill all of our needs through free agency, I think, is a separate question. I’d say probably unlikely, depending on what our standards are for the outfield, catching, relief pitching, etc., etc.”

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