Before departing the Winter Meetings, Sandy Alderson met with reporters to discuss what has been seen as a relative week of inactivity for the Mets.
Alderson assured everyone the Mets have been in discussions with teams to try to make a couple of moves. However, he noted that the team has a crowded outfield that the team needs to address before moving onto other deals. Alderson did note some difficulty in resolving the situation as, “Clubs are trying to sort out priorities. When there is that type of supply, things are slower initially until someone makes an initial move.”
There has been some movement on that front during the Winter Meetings. The Houston Astros signed OF/DH Carlos Beltran, the Colorado Rockies signed IF/OF Ian Desmond, the Washington Nationals traded for OF Adam Eaton, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have recently announced Andrew McCutchen is off the trading block.
Still, a lot more movement is needed on that front as Jose Bautista, Dexter Fowler, Mark Trumbo, and even Edwin Encarnacion remain free agents. Once those situations are resolved, it is likely Alderson will be able to get to work on the deals he has laid the groundwork.
The closer market awaits just one more shoe to drop as Kenley Jansen is last elite reliever standing. Once he is signed, the movement on secondary pieces like Brad Ziegler, Joe Smith and Koji Uehara is sure to pick up.
While the Winter Meetings are coming to an end, the offseason is far from over, and the Mets roster has yet to be finalized. It should be an entertaining couple of months as the Mets continue to try to build another World Series contender.