Alderson dances around trade and future.

What else was Sandy Alderson going to say?

In a classic case of GM-Speak, Alderson said today in a conference call, “I certainly wouldn’t draw any conclusions from this transaction,’’ regarding this morning’s trade of Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee.

ALDERSON: Dances the dance.



He might be the only one.

This was about dumping salary, totally understandable considering the Mets didn’t want to pick up Rodriguez’s $17.5 million option. How well the Mets have played was irrelevant because clearing themselves of the option was their primary objective, although Alderson downplayed this issue.

He wasn’t believable.

Alderson insisted the Mets’ goal the rest of the way will be winning games, but that’s a tough sell considering he just traded their closer, and is actively looking to move Carlos Beltran, and wouldn’t say no to anybody asking about Jose Reyes.

Trading Rodriguez offers payroll flexibility, but realistically we’re only talking about 2012, and Reyes reportedly will seek six or seven years.

Alderson said there’s no connection between Rodriguez and possibly trading Beltran, but what other conclusion can you make? The Mets want to shave payroll and aren’t a realistic contender, so the fire sale seems the only realistic way for this season to play itself out.

Anybody can see that, so why can’t Alderson just admit it and spare us the GM-Speak?


13 thoughts on “Alderson dances around trade and future.

  1. you know what delcos? I am pretty sure this is my lsat post here. you post an article and we might see you tomorrow. how is anybody else here gonna want to participate if the leader wont even do that? you have let this site go to hell. the only time you answer a poster its to answer Chitis or whatever he calls himself now insults. this used to be a great site but you have let it drop to nonrevelance. stop trying to push viagra and internet gambling and concententrate on baseball. gdammit!!

  2. I said it last year and i said it this year. we may not like it. but the mets needed to start from scratch. it appears they are finally doing it, we may not like it as we are getting used to the new guys playing. but TopCat has shown he can manage this AAA team into winning against big league players.

    Lets Go Mets Go

    1.) Hey Ray: people have day jobs. JD is no different. He is keeping this site up because of his passion for the game and his adopted team . cut him some slack.

  3. ray (1): I don’t know what you’re talking about and have no idea where that is coming from. I answer pretty much every one of your posts. As far as Chiti is concerned, I ignore him or delete him because that is what he deserves. He is vile, rude and constantly on the attack. I wrote him personally to stop it and started deleting him after a vicious attack on you.

    I rarely miss a day, and if I do, it is because I am working or ill, which I have been very much recently.

    If you’ve been elsewhere, you should realize I still answer my readers more than most other bloggers. No, I don’t post as often as I used to when I was covering the beat full time, but I do the best I can considering the limited resources I have.

    I’m actually very surprised at you. You have my email address and if you had a problem you could have written anytime. I’m not going to beg you to come back, just like I didn’t beg Chiti.

    If you want to read, you’ll read. If not, then I wish you all the best and thank you for the support you have given me in the past.-JD

  4. Steve C (2): First, thanks for your support and loyalty. It is greatly appreciated.

    You’re right, we realized a make over was coming and it could be bitter. And, it won’t be for just one year.-JD

  5. Maybe the question isn’t whether we should trade Beltran or even Reyes, but whether we should trade Pelfrey. Would other teams see him as a 4:58 ERA guy this year or the pretty good pitcher of 2010. That may be a far more difficult decision for Alderson.

    Maybe the Mets are lucky they got off to the 5-13 start. Suppose they were only 1 1/2 out of the wild card. Do they raise the white flag then?

  6. 5.) I always had a suspicion that Warthen isn’t good with green pitchers. Pelf and Maine are prime examples. I still feel pitching may be different with a different coach. But that is just me …

  7. 4.) no worries JD. you took your lumps in the early lohud days and proved to be a good met fan and fair in remarks on mets and other teams.

    I think we will see a lot of changes come august.

  8. Dan (5): Since Pelfrey has no physical issues now, there are a lot of teams that would take a chance with him thinking they could turn him around. However, I don’t see Alderson shopping him because of his low salary and upside.

    Even if the Mets were close to a wild card, I believe they would have made the Rodriguez trade to get out from under his option. But, I think the trade talks would be cooler for Beltran.-JD

  9. Steve C (6/7): The starting pitching might be better with somebody else. Pelfrey and Dickey have been somewhat disappointing. Niese and Capuano have been a lot better lately. To me, the real pitching problem has been the bullpen.-JD

  10. I see the problem with speaking the truth is that the bid price goes down. If you admit you are selling you have dropped the price. Even if they know the deal, not admitting it still gives you some pricing power.

  11. JD, Its not true that you answer all my posts. as a matter of fact, I can remember a lot of times when my response was the only one on a post. I come here to coverse it gets frustrating when I come back hours later and there is no response to my posts. Once again, you write nice articles but alot of times you post an article and then you are gone. I like that you are doing the mets history stuff alot. what happened to tiffany, annie and a lot of posters that used to come here? you dont need to beg me to post here. I like posting here, but I like to have a give and take too. I wish you didnt delete chitis insult. It feels likes years since Ive had a good row here. He has detereorated and just comes here and throw insults but at least thats more interesting than nothing. btw, I notice that on the few times ive challenged you like this you always get more productive for awhile. I wish you only well and the best possible health.

  12. ray (12): No, I don’t answer all. I said I answer pretty much all of them. Semantics, yes, I know. … I realize it can be frustrating to not get an immediate response, and for that I am sorry. I am just not online as often as I was when I worked the beat full time. I wish I were, but I am not.

    As far as Tiffany goes, she attacked another poster with an obscenity and when I wrote her to ask her to tone it down, she fired one back at me and basically told me to go to hell. As far as Annie, I miss her input. She was in a chat room one night and hasn’t been on since. She disappeared without a word.

    As far as deleting the Chiti post, he attacked you and other posters, and has gone after me from everything to my marriage and being laid off. He went over to another site and was banned from there for the same thing.

    I like you. I like Steve C. I like Dave. And, I like many others. But, I don’t like them being abused by Chiti or Tiffany or anybody else. I always wanted to think of the blog as a place where we could all get together and watch the game and enjoy the give and take. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way.

    I have worked with on the chat room, but it isn’t the same. There’s a different group. Maybe that’s why Annie left. I don’t know.

    I will try to post more and make more of an effort to get online and respond in a more timely fashion. I appreciate your response and hope to hear from you again.

    I wish you all the best and thank you for the support you’ve extended me since my days at the paper. You take care of yourself and I am looking forward to hearing from you again.

    Thank you.-JD