Sunday, November 17, 2013
Mets Rumors: Sandy Alderson's Playbook for 2014 Mets (WFAN Interview)
I finally got a chance to listen (in full) The Sandy Alderson interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, which was about the State of Mets and where they going this off-season..
Here is what I took from it:
The Mets are in the market for two outfielders with some power. Sandy Alderson mentioned 16 outfielder who are on Mets board which ranges from A+ to C+ Ratings. He mentioned he has 9 Trade possible interest and 7 from the Free Agent market.. He mentioned even Juan Lagares is not even safe as a starter in centerfield, even though he thinks his defense and speed are assets that help the club. Pure speculation, but a guy like Dexter Fowler might have some interest from the Mets brass..
Catcher Travis d'Arnaud will finally get his chance behind the plate. Whether or not they will improve with a backup was not spoken. I'm sure last minute deals..
Either Lucas Duda or Ike Davis will get traded this off-season with Lucas Duda wanted more in a trade. Ike Davis has been mentioned to go more in a trade, but it not be the case. He thinks they both have good profiles, but Ike has value to the club with his power and defense. He did say the Mets Starting First basemen Job will come from within.. Which could mean we could still see Murphy at first base with Eric Young Jr. playing second base..That is if both Duda/Davis are traded (wink).
Did not mention whether Daniel Murphy was a trade candidate, but you can speculate there might be some possible trade interest.
The Mets will trade starting pitching for power, I believe he was talking about a Rafael Montero. Could the Mets get a Matt Kemp or Even a Andre Ethier from the Dodgers? I'm sure Jose Bautista might have to be on that list of prime candidates as well.. He did mention that Noah Syndergaard will not get traded.
Alderson believes the Mets need to make an improvement as shortstop. He did say the Mets did not have any contact with Jhonny Peralta but everybody in North America knows he did in Orlando. He did only mention Peralta, Stephen Drew, and Rafael Furcal as listed potential upgrades.
Alderson acknowledged the Mets are in need of two innings eaters (Starters). Each 150-200 inning guys and there is a possibility of 25 Free agent Targets. He also said there is many lefty and righty candidates for the bullpen. So the possible candidates can range from many, but the offense will need to be filled first..
Things that stuck with me on this interview was when Sandy Alderson made a funny comment which I loved, when Francesa told him, "Mets Fans are thinking and saying, Are you going to finally make changes? or you going just with the kids and see what they have?". And Sandy acknowledged, "God No, I have to watch the games too".
By the way I did not get offended as a Mets Fan when Sandy Alderson said he had a stack of bills waiting upstairs, but the were all fives. I think it was a little slap on the Wilpon's faces for being so cheap and he was crucial of it in his own comical sense ..
Expect the Hot Stove to burn about December 9th when the MLB Winter Meetings will take place, where we see all this goes.. The Mets believe they can have at least 2 or 3 new faces in the starting lineup in 2014. Lets hope they aim higher than any Mets Fan can expect and exceed us..
Lets Go Mets!
For Your listening pleasure, Click Here for Actual Sandy Alderson Interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN..