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Friday, December 09, 2011

Sandy Alderson happy with the moves so far, might make more trades?

Alderson ready to make move moves?
Andy McCullough of NJ.com talked to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He talked to him about the moves the Mets have made so far and what Mets fans can expect the rest of the winter.

Alderson thinks the Mets have improved on their bullpen and defense , especially in center-field.

“We’re pleased with where we are right now,” Alderson said
The Mets garnered few headlines this week. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels stole the show, tossing around nine-figure contracts without fear.

Instead the Mets operated in search of lower-profile signings to trim payroll while remaining competitive. They haggled with other clubs in trade discussions. They spent about $10 million. With $5 million allocated for Mike Pelfrey in arbitration, that leaves Alderson another $5 million to build a bench.

With regards to losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins Alderson said,  "Of course, the departure of Reyes still pains much of the fan-base,. but time heals”, he hopes the maneuvers executed here aid that process.

With Angel Pagan gone, Andres Torres can lead off without complaint. With a trio of relievers acquired, manager Terry Collins can now turn to Frank Francisco or Ramon Ramirez or Jon Rauch for his nightly endgame.
 The relief corps could morph from a 2011 albatross to a 2012 strength. “In terms of quality and quantity, we feel we’re in a much better position,” Alderson said.

Wednesday, Alderson said he was engaged in a series of trade discussions with other clubs. These talks were considered preliminary. No deal was close to consummation. But the tenor of the discussion demonstrated a wide-ranging willingness to build for both the short-term and the long-term, Alderson explained Thursday.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy, starter Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell were all discussed, according to a team official with knowledge of the situation.

With regard to the Mets making more moves:

“We might make more than one trade,” Alderson said. “One might be focused on long-term. One might be focused on short-term. We’re not conceding 2012. And it’s very possible we won’t make another trade.”
When the Rule 5 draft came and went — the Mets lost Rhiner Cruz, a 25-year-old reliever with control issues to Houston — Alderson could point to progress.

“Remember,” Alderson said, “we left the winter meetings last year with a couple of free agent signings and a couple of Rule 5 picks. So we’re much further ahead than we were last year.”

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