Adam Rubin Talks 40-Man Roster, $87M Payroll, Braun Rumor, Peralta, More…

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shared his insights on the Mets Hot Stove season on the Shots From Shea podcast on Wednesday. A great podcast featuring our own Ed Marcus and the great Steve Keane from the Kranepool Society.

Some of things that were discussed included the Mets being in the New York market and not being able to afford two players earning $100 million, at the same time which will keep them out of the loop on most free agents at least for the foreseeable future.

He thought it was telling that that the Mets meeting with Robinson Cano led to so much joking, and that there should be nothing wrong with a New York market team meeting with a talented guy like Cano.

Also covered were the tonight’s 40-Man Roster moves. Adam believes that Jeff Walters could make an impact in the Mets bullpen next season and is very high on Cory Mazzoni.

Rubin says even if the Mets are keeping spending somewhat limited, they still need to do a better job of of signing better players and identifying the right talent. Frank Francisco has been the highest paid Met under this new regime and the Mets cannot afford to make mistakes like that.

He believes that Jhonny Peralta is high on the Mets wish list, but wonders if his price would be to high for them and force them to look in another direction. If they shy away from Peralta they may just end up with Ruben Tejada at shortstop again or Rafael Furcal who is not even close to being the Rafael Furcal he was before the injury.

Rubin also agreed with me that the Ike Davis for Ryan Braun trade rumor made no sense whatsoever and that’s why he stays away from internet sourced rumors. Even if Braun really was available, Rubin said, there’s no chance that they would do it for Ike Davis, and it totally goes against what Sandy just said about not having two $100 million players.

Anyway, listen to Adam Rubin talk Hot Stove with Steve Keane of the Kranepool Society and our own Ed “Rusty” Marcus by clicking here for Shots From Shea podcast.

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