At Citi Field today, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson met with team beat writers to discuss the state of the team.
Here is what Sandy had to say courtesy of Adam Rubin of ESPN:
2. He called the current Mets payroll tolerable and that the Mets signing a reliever didn’t hinge on trading Jay Bruce.
3. He is unaware of when MLB will make a decision regarding a possible suspension for Jeurys Familia, but the team is planning for the possibility that they will be without his services for some period of time.
4. The Mets aren’t prepared to sever ties with pitcher Jenrry Mejia just yet, because he’s still under team control but they don’t have to pay him while he’s suspended.
5. Even though Tim Tebow was not among the minor leaguers invited to major league spring training, Alderson said he’ll be around, too frequently for some and not frequently enough for others.
6. Alderson disputed what Wally Backman said about him being blackballed by the Mets GM.
7. He doesn’t foresee the Mets adding a position player to the roster before spring training unless it’s on a minor league deal. (I guess we’ll see an in-season trade for Kelly Johnson again).
8. The Mets have put a hard deadline of 1 p.m. ET on Friday for negotiations with arbitration eligible players. This is a change from the past with the Mets now becoming a file-and-trial team.
10. It would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson in part because he can play center field.