|In Sandy, We Trust|
Sandy Alderson was at the winter meetings and he was guarded in his comments, but he did let out that he could foresee Ike Davis or Lucas Duda dealt during the winter meetings.
"I don't know exactly what's going to happen," Alderson said. "It takes two teams to make a trade. I won't tell you what our intentions are, but hopefully it'll resolve itself shortly."
The Mets are believed to be more inclined to trade Davis than Duda.
Alderson has not been shy in public about the need to trade one of his first basemen.
"We have two. We only need one," the GM said Sunday night. "... If, for some reason, we come out of these meetings with both, we'll adjust accordingly and move on. There is an 'after-market' following the winter meetings. It's not like this is the final bazaar."
On the Murphy Note, With a projected outfield of Curtis Granderson in left field, Juan Lagares in center field and Chris Young in right field, it would appear Eric Young Jr is now a bench player.
Don't jump to that conclusion, though, Sandy Alderson cautioned Sunday night.
"Let's not categorize players quite yet," Alderson said. "I mean, I know it looks like, 'Well, OK, you've got this guy and that guy ... ' But let's see how it plays out, because I think that's a little bit unfair to sort of predetermine."
Left unsaid is that it remains conceivable that Daniel Murphy gets traded by the Mets, which would open second base for Eric Young Jr.
"There are lots of things that could happen," Alderson said.Alderson also says the Mets can open the season with Rubin Tejada if they don't receive a shortstop upgrade this off-season...
I posted earlier that both players would be expendable because of their salaries.. Murphy will be owed about $5.2 Million and Ike Davis will be owned $3.5 Million in 2014, who are both arbitration eligible...The Mets say they have only roughly Total $13 under their budget, this would give them another $8 + Million.. to get extra parts...