|Alderson ready to make move moves?|
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 saidThe 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.”