Saturday, July 05, 2014
Mets News: Mets GM Addresses Major Topics of Interest
Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media on the State of the New York Mets on Friday. He addressed major topics like if the Mets Mets were Buyers or Sellers?, Harvey Mound Work, Mets 90 Win Season, and Trading Daniel Murphy just to name a few...
Here is a brief description on some of the topics that were talked about:
Buyers or Sellers?:
On the buyer/seller topic, Alderson said he would be “surprised” if any determination were made before the All-Star break. The Mets next have a four-game series against the first-place Atlanta Braves, which should be instructive.
Alderson did seem to intimate that no activity is the most likely scenario.
“We like the team as it’s developing,” the GM said. “That, in and of itself, would make us reluctant to move players at the deadline. Now, we’re practical as well. We’ve made deals at the deadline. And there’s no reason we’d hesitate to do that if we felt it was the right thing. But I think our team is on the right track. I don’t think we’re that far away. That would indicate some caution when it comes to the trade deadline.”
Alderson said it is “certainly our preference” to get back major league talent, or talent on the verge of breaking into the majors, in any trade. He noted, though, that makes a trade with a contender that much less likely, because buyers want to part with minor leaguers, not parts helping their club now.
The GM added that despite a surplus of starting pitching, trading it is not prudent.
Harvey Mound Work:
Despite the ace's hope otherwise, Matt Harvey will not get on a mound until after the All-Star break, according to the GM.
90 Win Season:
Alderson knows he is getting mocked for his 90-wins goal this season, but reiterated it was intended to “change a mindset” of losing.
“It’s always a goal, but when it was articulated, it was intended to be a mindset,” he said. “I’ve said that more than once. I think everybody should understand how it was intended, notwithstanding that it was a private conversation.”
On the topic of trading Daniel Murphy, Alderson was asked whether it made sense to think about dealing him since the Mets already are committed to large salaries for Wright and Curtis Granderson. Murphy is making $5.7 million this year, is eligible for arbitration one more time, then is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, so his price tag may be at $10 million or more soon.
“I think we have the flexibility,” Alderson said about fitting Murphy’s future salary within the payroll with Wright and Granderson. “That doesn't mean we shouldn't consider other options. Obviously, the more large contracts you have, the less and less flexibility you have. But I think we still have the flexibility to address Daniel’s situation.”
Injury Updates for Wright, Hefner:
Alderson expects David Wright to be back Saturday, or shortly thereafter. He acknowledged the DL becomes more of an option beginning Sunday if Wright is still idle, since that would be Day 10 sidelined. DL stints can be backdated a maximum of 10 days.
“We were willing to give up six or seven days,” Alderson said. “But 14 or 15 is another matter.”
Alderson said Jeremy Hefner, working back from Tommy John surgery, is “fairly close” to getting in games, but will not enter them imminently. Hefner threw batting practice Friday for the first time since last August's procedure.
Gee, deGrom to remain in rotation - Dice-K to Pen?
Mets Starter Dillon Gee is expected to be activated from the DL after his Cyclones outing (which was last night), assuming there are no issues.
Jacob deGrom will remain in the rotation along Gee and Daisuke Matsuzaka will go to the bullpen.
Alderson acknowledged, there is value in keeping deGrom in the rotation since he is likely to be a factor for a rotation spot in 2015, whereas that’s unlikely with Matsuzaka.
Possible Callups - Flores/Syndergaard:
“Right now we’re OK,” Alderson said. “I understand we’ve got a number of outfielders. But what’s more important to us is what each player can contribute offensively. So not having that backup infielder gives us a little bit of a crimp. But, at the same time, it hasn’t really affected us.”
Asked if there were any position players close to major league ready that could help the club, Alderson cited Wilmer Flores and Triple-A middle infielder Matt Reynolds.
Asked if it was possible Noah Syndergaard would be in the majors this season, the GM said: “It’s conceivable, but I wouldn’t predict it."
Said Alderson: “Obviously we still love Noah. He’s got a couple of injury issues. He hasn’t performed as consistently this year as he did last year. But that’s not a major concern for us at this point.”
One Run Games:
Alderson also cited the Mets’ 10-20 record in one-run games.
Asked why the Mets are so poor in that category, or if it’s a matter of bad fortune, Alderson replied: “I’m not sure you put a finger on it. If you look at one-run games, it can be the bullpen. It can be late-inning offense. The bullpen wasn’t a strength early in the season. It is now. The late-inning offense has been an issue for us all year. I don’t think it has anything to do with strategy or tactics or anything of that sort.”