Showing posts with label Sandy Alderson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sandy Alderson. Show all posts

Friday, August 01, 2014

Mets News: Full Transcript when Sandy Alderson Spoke to Media about the Trading Deadline

Mets News:

Here's a full transcript when Sandy Alderson Spoke to Media about the Trading Deadline:

Why was it prudent for no activity at the deadline?

"There was some activity. Nothing came to fruition. There were some proposals that we made that were not acceptable and some made to us that we didn't feel were reasonable. And so, while we were active in conversations, although not super active, we just didn't make any deals. I think going in we didn't intend to be sellers and we didn't intend to be buyers necessarily. We were looking at the market and what it would dictate. We set a price on some of our players. And, under the circumstances, they weren't met. So be it. We're happy with the team that we have. We're happy we retained all of our players. And we're looking forward to the last 60 or so games of the season."

Some fans appear frustrated there was nothing done to improve the club. What would you say to those people? Was there just nothing out there right now that was worth the cost? Or is the team just not where it needed to be to pull the trigger on something aggressive?

"The question of improving the club is certainly a legitimate one. In order to potentially improve the club some significant way as opposed to some incremental way, we would have had to have been prepared to deal some of our young pitching. At this particular stage, we're not prepared to do that, at least in the deals that were presented, or were available to us. I actually think that if we're going to trade some of our young prospects, that we're probably better off doing that in the offseason. I mean, we have a known commodity in those prospects -- I think a recognizable group of prospect assets in the game. In some way, we don't want to limit ourselves to the options that are available now as opposed to what we think may be available in the offseason. That leaves you with some sort of an incremental improvement. We just didn't see that out there. So we were alert to the possibility, but we didn't feel the opportunity presented itself."

Regarding Bartolo Colon, you had said that the offseason might make more sense because you're competing against teams that otherwise might have to give three- or four-year deals to free agents. Is that the logic that prevailed? Or was it more that you didn't want to subtract because the team is doing well?

"I think it may be a combination of things. First of all, I hate to talk specifically about individual players, but don't assume in all cases that we were fielding numerous calls from numerous teams. For whatever reason, the market doesn't always develop for certain players. Yes, on Monday I felt our assessment was that in the case of someone like Bartolo that he might be viewed as more valuable in the offseason than he would be today. I think the lack of activity surrounding Bartolo indicated that. I think the other thing that happened was so many of these marquee pitchers went late, just before the deadline, as well as some second-tier starters, that whatever teams might have circled back on someone like Colon may not have had time to do it."

How much did the 52-56 record -- still in hunt, but still 7 1/2 games back in division -- affect decision-making?

"I think our record and our standing in the division race and the wild-card race had an impact, which is to say that we're neither here nor there at the moment. But I think taking into account where we stand led us to, as I said before, set a price on the players that we have. We felt comfortable where we set that level. We took the standings into account. We also took [into account] the chemistry of the team and how we play over the next 60 days irrespective of the standings, and what might things look like in the offseason, what our options may be. So a number of factors came into play. Our standing in the National League being one of them."

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Niese, Torres, Alderson Trade Talk, Teagarden, Gee

Mets News and Notes:

Niese Inflamed:

Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.

Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.

A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.

The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.

X-Rays Negative for Torres:

Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.

To Trade or Not to Trade?

Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.

"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Mets News: Mets GM Addresses Major Topics of Interest

Mets News:

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.”

Trading Murphy:
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.”

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mets News: Sandy Alderson Addresses Season Ticket Holders - Citi Field Dimensions, Murphy Trade Bait?, Payroll

Sandy Alderson had a Q&A with season ticket holders Saturday afternoon, he addressed many topics including Bringing in the fences, Murphy Trade bait?, and Payroll for next season.

Sandy Alderson said revising the dimensions of Citi Field will be considered. But the GM did not portray that as any kind of cure-all for the Mets' hitting woes.

Sandy Alderson has not ruled out more adjustments to Citi Field, but also doesn't portray that as a "panacea."
 "This is our ballpark. We have to build a team that can be successful here," Alderson said. "We may have some difference of opinion as to how to do that, but that's obviously what we're trying to do. As I said earlier, when we improved our outfield defense last year, we got much better in this ballpark. And so I think that was one example of how we have adapted. And I think those are the kinds of things we need to continue to do.
"At the same time, look, changing the ballpark is not a panacea for not hitting with men in scoring position. It's not going to change our rate of singles that we hit with a man at second base. So when I suggest that we look at the dimensions of the ballpark, that doesn't mean that I think that's the solution. It's just part of the equation. We're not trying to degrade the ballpark or shift the focus to the ballpark from other things as to why we don't win at home. But hopefully we'll take all of these things into account as we continue to try to get better at home."

Asked in a Q&A for an assurance Murphy will not be dealt amid speculation on Twitter and blogs that he may end up available, Sandy Alderson answered:

"Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy. Murphy is somebody who is an offensive player, who has really done some things this year to improve himself as an offensive player. His on-base percentage is much higher than it has been in recent years. He goes the other way. So there's no question in terms of this ballpark, he's been a plus. You know, we talk about all the time: We're looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.

"He's done a nice job getting himself to the point where he plays second base as well as he does. So, you know, I haven't been on Twitter in a long time. So I know you haven't been reading my tweets. And I don't think you've been reading them from Terry [Collins] either. So, at this point, do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight."

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Mets News: Mets GM Alderson comments about Matt Harvey's Tweet

Mets News:

Saturday morning Mets Ace Matt Harvey made a tweet that read - "2014 Harvey Day will happen". But then again, It was apparently deleted.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson joked when he heard the news about the tweet and said, "I don't follow him on twitter".

But Alderson strongly implied there remains a low probability Harvey will appear on the mound in 2014. But, the GM added, that's an issue that ought to wait until the summer to be addressed with any clarity.

"I can't control what he tweets or says by other means," Alderson said. "But if that's how he feels, that's his perspective and we'll see where it goes.

"It's one of those 'never say never.' I mean, look are the probabilities with him? Everybody's different. It's -- what? -- not even the middle of March. Let's wait until the middle of July before we maybe address that question again."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mets News: Captain Wright agrees with Sandy's Assessment of 90 Wins

Mets News:

Captain David Wright agrees with general manager Sandy Alderson that the New York Mets can win 90 games this season.

David Wright backs GM Sandy Alderson's reported belief that the Mets can win 90 games. "I love the fact that Sandy is confident in us," he said.

A day after the New York Daily News reported that Alderson told Mets staffers in an internal meeting that the club was capable of that win total, Wright said he admired the GM's enthusiasm.

"We've got good players," Wright said. "I love the fact that Sandy is confident in us. I think 90 is challenging, it's attainable, and it's a good starting point for us. You know, number goals, it's tough to come out and say, 'I'm going to do this. I'm going to do that. We're going to do that.' But I think 90 is a good starting point for giving us something to shoot for and getting guys to understand that mediocrity is not going to be acceptable.

"It's not about being better than last year. What does that get us? Third or fourth place? It's about being a good team and being a playoff-contending team. Ninety wins is a good starting point." Wright said the 90-win total was not communicated to the players by Alderson.

"That's the first I heard about it," Wright said about Thursday's published report. "But I like the fact that, like I said, he seems confident. He's had a chance now to bring in some of his guys, make some of his moves. I think it's great."

The Mets have posted consecutive 74-88 records and have produced five straight losing seasons, tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in MLB. They also have a payroll slightly less than $90 million and likely will be without ace Matt Harvey for the entire 2014 season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mets Rumors: Does Sandy Alderson Have Something Big .... Up His Sleeve (Updated) ?

Mets Rumors:

Watch the Video, You Decide?

The Mets are ready to strike and have their hands in the BIG Pot for a change. Sounds like the Mets have small moves they could do, but the Mets sound like they have a big deal also in place. Listen to Sandy.. We have options... That Could Mean the Mets will add significant payroll to a budget that has exceeded the Wilpon's Pockets already with SP Bartolo Colon who was added this week...

"I think it's more likely if we come up with a 'high-end' shortstop or someone we like, it's more likely to come in a trade," Alderson told reporters.

Sandy Alderson sounds like a man that has a big play in his hands.. Especially for a shortstop.. or even a outfielder.. The Mets seem they can get a shortstop from the trade market.. but can it get bigger??

Let's Play Devils Advocate for a Minute.. Maybe the Mets can get in a Matt Kemp Deal? or Maybe Be a Piece in a three-way deal to a David Price deal?.... Who the Fuck Knows?

The Mets could look to a handful of teams (Updated) for some answers like the D'Backs, Brewers, Dodgers, Rangers, and even .. Mariners (updated)

Target 1:  (Updated) The Arizona Diamondbacks are rumored to have strong ties to a SP David Price deal according to Matt Cerrone (Hat Tip) of Mets Blog. The Diamondbacks have many shortstops to offer... The D-Backs have shortstops Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects, as well as Cliff Pennington, who is under contract through 2014. The Mets could possibly be involved in a three team trade as been reported and mentioned numerous times on The D'Backs put Gregorius and A.J. Pollack on the market last year for pitching prospects, maybe the D'Backs look to do the same before spring training ends..

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets looking at possible trades for power bat, maybe three-way deal?

Mets Rumors:

The Mets according to multiple sources are still interested in a power bat in the outfield. The Mets are still in the Frey for outfielders Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz., but both will demand high salaries and multiple years. So both might end up with other clubs.

So the next best solution is the trade market. According to Matt Cerrone of, the Mets have been in talks with teams and there has been mention that the Mets could get creative and could venture into a possible three way deal.

According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the Mets are not likely to part with any prospect starting pitching which includes Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, both seem to be on the fast track to the majors.

That leaves the Mets with trade alternatives like Travis d'Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, and even Ruben Tejada..

The Mets could use Travis d'Arnaud as a main pawn in trade discussions as many teams scramble to get catching help and might yield a large return. They can even use Daniel Murphy (I'm not for it) who might have some value and bundle him with one of the first baseman. Wilmer Flores is  interesting case as he does not have a regular position on the team and remains one of the Mets top prospects.

Who the Mets are looking at remains a mystery, but I am sure soon we will hear the rumors and names start popping up...

David Wright, who is in regular contact with the front office, hinted at action Tuesday on the Mike Lupica show.  “I think Sandy has got a plan in place and I think he's got a few tricks up his sleeve starting at the winter meetings,” Wright said.

Lets Go Mets - Happy Turkey Day!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mets Rumors: Sandy Alderson's Playbook for 2014 Mets (WFAN Interview)

Mets Rumors:

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..

Monday, September 30, 2013

Video: Sandy Alderson on Terry Collins Contract Extension

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks after the press conference to discuss Terry Collins' extension and next season's goals. Video courtesy of

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Video: Matt Harvey Press Conference (SNY)

Matt Harvey and Sandy Alderson on elbow surgery

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets News: GM Sandy Alderson seen Valdespin's Tantrum Act

Mets News:

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said infielder Jordany Valdespin made a major miscalculation when he acted improperly Saturday over getting demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

“One of the mistakes he made when he had his tantrum is the general manager was there,” Collins said, referring to Sandy Alderson happening to be attending that day’s game and in the room when Valdespin received the demotion news. “That probably was not the best timing.”

Collins, speaking on Monday at Citi Field, where he is serving as an All-Star coach, said Valdespin became angry after Saturday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates when informed he was being demoted to clear a roster spot for reliever Scott Atchison’s activation from the disabled list.

“He wasn’t happy,” Collins said. “When he left the office, he was angry. The easiest way to put it is: I went out to the clubhouse to calm him down. It was not accepted very well by the other 24 guys, I can tell you that, too. We all know he’s an emotional kid. That’s how he plays and that’s how he goes about things.”

Collins disputed a New York Post report that Valdespin called him an expletive to his face.

“First of all, he did not,” Collins said. “Now, I can’t say what he did on the plane. I can’t say what he did walking out of the clubhouse. I wasn’t there. By the way, he doesn’t speak all that good English. It could have been ‘cockroach,’ for all I know.”

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mets Notes: Weather might be a factor in upcoming series vs Rockies

Mets Notes:

Sandy Alderson told ESPN NY, he cannot fathom the upcoming series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver being preemptively moved to another location or rescheduled.

"Getting to another venue is remote, certainly within the immediate time frame of this series," the GM said.

Snow is forecast early in the series, and the low on Wednesday is predicted at 9 degrees.

Alderson said there is no set criteria for canceling a game because of cold, but there certainly is a threshold below which teams cannot play.

"Twenty-eight, 26, I don't know where you draw the line," Alderson said. "Nine would seem to qualify."

Alderson said the ultimate call should belong to the Rockies, with MLB and the Mets "interested parties" who likely would have input.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Audio: WFAN's Mike Francesa Talks to Mets GM Sandy Alderson about the State of the Team

Mets GM Sandy Alderson Stops by to Talk to WFAN's Mike Francesa about the state of his team.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets Bullpen Done?, Bourn, Matsuzaka

New York GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets will probably be done adding to their bullpen, assuming the deal with Lyon goes through, Anthony DiComo of reports (Twitter).

The club had interest in a number of relievers as recently as last week, some mentioned were Jose Valverde and Francisco Rodriguez.. But Lyon probably came cheaper...

Alderson sounds serious about pursuing free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, DiComo reports.

However, the GM said the Mets could end up going to Spring Training with their current roster. The Mets have sincere interest in Bourn, but don't intend to forfeit the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft to complete a deal with the Scott Boras client.

One Mets official indicated to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the team has no interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka (Twitter link).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mets GM Alderson said Mets are "Incomplete" at this point

In a interview with Marc Carig of NY Newsday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson Claimed The State of the New York Mets is "Incomplete" at this point of the off-season...

Alderson said the Mets are pursuing "a number of things.'' He added, "To say that we've been patient is probably an understatement. But that's what we've been.''

That patience could translate into bargains for the Mets, who have cast a wide net in their search for a back-end starting pitcher.

But waiting out the market comes with some risk, namely that they ultimately come away without any upgrades.

Alderson said he is "uneasy'' about the state of the bullpen and that the outfield could use "an upgrade at virtually every one of those positions.''

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Audio: Alderson Speaks to Mike Francesa on WFAN

Mets GM Sandy Alderson Speaks to Mike Francesa on WFAN about trade topics involving R.A. Dickey

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Sandy Alderson addresses Media about Mets Future

General manager Sandy Alderson provided a state of the team address to reporters before Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.

According to Alderson there will not be active free-agent spending on significant pieces, but the Mets have resolved to make every attempt to re-sign David Wright and R.A. Dickey.

Also, there is no thought to completely dismantling core assets in order to restock the system for longer-term success.

"I'm not prepared to blow up the team and start over again," Alderson said. "I don't think we need to do that."

Alderson on free agency: "I don't want to give the impression that we're going to be out in the free-agent market looking for significant additions. We have lots of payroll tied up in a handful of players. That's a situation that gradually has to resolve itself."

Specifically asked how he would convince Wright, Dickey or another player the Mets are headed in the right direction, the GM said: "My message said: Look, I think we're very definitely headed in the right direction. But, at the same time, we will not in the near future have unlimited funds."

Specifically on signing Dickey and Wright to extensions, Alderson said: "What we've said over the last couple of months is we're going to make every effort to retain those two guys. I think we are in a position to be able to do that. Whether we are successful or not, time will tell. But we're in a position to make a bona fide effort to do it.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Uncertainty, Thole, Alderson, Mejia, Familia and Ramirez, Murphy, Chipper Jones vs Mets

Mets News and Notes:

In an exclusive interview with, David Wright expressed uncertainty about his future with the ballclub. He indicated he wants his next contract to take him to retirement. He also noted he would not be inclined to discuss an extension during next season -- so it's an agreement this offseason or he's headed to free agency.
“The optimism is I’m hopeful,” he said. “It’s well-documented: I’ve really enjoyed my time here. We’ve obviously gone through some tough seasons. I’m not lying. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a lot of really close friends -- not just players or coaches or anything. Front office. Ownership. Stadium security. Clubhouse attendants. I have really a lot, a lot of close friends that I made in this organization. I enjoy it here. I enjoy New York. I feel like the fans and followers of the team really welcomed me with open arms. They’ve seen the ups and downs, obviously. And they’ve stuck right by me. And I’m appreciative.”  

Then again,  Wright said he never has been assured by Fred or Jeff Wilpon that he will remain a Met for life.

Wright recorded his 175th hit of the season on Saturday, the fifth time in his career that he’s reached that total. He’s tied for the most such seasons in Mets history with Jose Reyes, who had five from 2005 to 2011.

Josh Thole was struck in the head with a fourth-inning foul ball off Medlen's bat. Despite initial concerns, Thole appears relatively unscathed. He may have escaped with no more than a cut on the back of his right ear.

Sandy Alderson joined the Mets on Sunday for the final four games of the season. He planned to meet with Terry Collins today or tomorrow in part to discuss the fate of the coaching staff. A team source told Post beat writer Mike Puma it would be surprising for pitching coach Dan Warthen to be dismissed.

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