What We Learned From Sandy Alderson’s Conference Call Tuesday

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson held a conference call this afternoon with the team’s beat writers and gave updates on Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Peter Alonso among others.

Jose Reyes

Alderson said that with Reyes, and any other player, is going to be based on merit.

Right now, the Mets feel that they don’t have someone to replace him and in order to unload him, they would need to find someone.

“We have to have someone ready to go that we want to replace him,” Alderson said. “He is a viable player for us.”

In 43 games for the Mets this season, Reyes has hit .149/.213/.203 with one home run and three RBI.

The 35-year-old has spent most of the year defensively at third base (65.2 innings) and shortstop (52.0 innings). At the former, he has -2 defensive runs saved (DRS) and a -2.0 UZR. At the latter, he also has -2 DRS and a -1.9 UZR.

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard is currently in New York and will receive a second opinion on his strained right index finger.

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Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes recently played and was scratched from a rehab start with Double-A Binghamton this weekend.

He is currently down in Florida starting a rehab program from start and there is currently no timetable for his return.

In 37 games for the Mets this year, Cespedes has hit .255/.316/.474 with eight homers and 28 RBI.

Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera, who departed Sunday night’s bout with the New York Yankees with a hamstring issue, is in Atlanta and will play Tuesday night against the Braves.

The 32-year-old has appeared in 61 games for the Mets this year and has hit 11 homers and driven in 36 runs while hitting at a .283/.323/.498 clip over 254 plate appearances.

Adrian Gonzalez

Alderson on his decision to release Adrian Gonzalez was due to his recent struggles and his dropping OPS, which, at the time of his release, was .672.

He also said this was an opportunity to give Dominic Smith a chance to shine.

“We want to see [Dominic Smith]. This may be a short-term proposition for Dom,” he said. “It may be a longer-term proposition. We just thought this was an appropriate time.”

Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil 

Alderson said that hot Double-A bats, Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil, are likely to take the next step and be promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas soon.

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AJ Ramos

AJ Ramos is currently sidelined with a rotator cuff strain and is weighing whether or not to get surgery. Either way, the team doesn’t expect him to return anytime soon.

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Bullpen

Alderson called the current state of the bullpen “a work in progress.”

Organizationally, he believes it is a strength and cited prospects Drew Smith and Eric Hanhold, who were acquired by the team last year in exchange for Lucas Duda and Neil Walker, respectively, as potential reinforcements down the line.

With that being said, one of the biggest bullpen strengths this year has been Seth Lugo, who is now being considered an option for the rotation.

“Obviously he was outstanding the other night. I think that for the time being, it’s likely he’ll get another start,” Alderson said. “I’d leave that to Mickey for the moment. But there is an internal debate as to where he is the most valuable. He’s valuable in both places.”

State of the Team

Alderson acknowledged the team’s struggles, and said he takes full responsibility for where they are at.

“We’re not satisfied. To date, the work we’ve done hasn’t been successful,” he said. “I take full responsibility for where we are. The job now is figuring out how to fix it and improve it.

“The focus is on the short-term but obviously we’re cognizant of the baseball calendar and where we need to be in a few weeks and what the options are for change as we get into July.”

The Mets current 10-game road trip will be crucial to where this team is at. As of Tuesday, they are 7.5 games out of first place and sit at 28-34 record wise.

“Everybody is aware we started off the season 11-1,” he said. “Everyone is also aware we’re more recently 1-8.  It’s about hitting. There are some elements of the team that are performing well. Right now, we’ve got to score some more runs. That’s pretty simply stated.”

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