Mets’ Alderson Has The Resources, But How Will He Use Them?

New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the 2014 budget has already been discussed, and Sandy Alderson said he could have enough resources at his disposal to offer a $100-million contract, which seemed unthinkable last year at this time.

Alderson also said it is conceivable the Mets’ payroll could be even smaller next year. Their payroll this season – excluding what they owed Jason Bay – was $88 million. The Mets will have roughly $40 million coming off the books, which leaves them financial flexibility should they choose to use it.

What Players Will Alderson Give Collins?

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“Would it be the right player?’’ Alderson said. “And, would it be prudent to do it, even for the right player? Factor in what’s left to do the kind of things we want to do. But is it out of the question? It’s not out of the question.

“Will we do it? That’s more of a strategic question than a resource question. At this point, it’s not a matter of resources.’’

No, it is not. It is a matter of using those resources wisely, which they did not do with Oliver Perez, Frank Francisco and Luis Castillo to name a few.

The outfield must be upgraded from an offensive standpoint, and the elite options are Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury and Nelson Cruz.

However, are any of them worth $100-million? Are any of them truly elite? Will any of them be a difference maker? Probably not.

In addition to the outfield, the Mets are looking to upgrade their bullpen, shortstop, first base and with Matt Harvey probably out, there’s a need to add one or two starters.

“We could go after the perfect player, at the perfect price and for the perfect number of years,’’ Alderson said. “And, we won’t sign anybody.’’

Alderson said the Mets could spend, but won’t spend just to make a splash. The Mets have not been active in the free-agent market in Alderson’s first three years – they only spent $5 million this season – and this year’s spending depends on the market.

“The bottom line is yes, it’s conceivable we won’t sign a player,’’ Alderson said. “But look, we have to be realistic about the marketplace, so I’m hopeful we’ll get some things done.

“It’s great to say, well, we have financial flexibility, and then blow it on players’ deals that don’t work out and put yourself right back in the same situation you were in before. At the same time, at some point, you’ve got to go for it. Having flexibility is great, but at some point, you’ve got to put yourself on the line.’’

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13 thoughts on “Mets’ Alderson Has The Resources, But How Will He Use Them?

  1. The Mets would need to spend $25m just on the players we have.

    They need to get an OF. There is not even a question about that. The person does not have to be a difference maker, but he needs to play good defense and be able to hit. Preferably not be a strike out machine.

    I don’t think we need outside pitching. Signing any of the veterans who played for us is fine. It is the same as any of the signings in the past few years. At least they were here and we have seen them.

    We need to make a decision about first base and get a shortstop. It is pretty clear they have given up on Ruben.

    Sandy needs to acquire at least one player who makes us better. I am not talking about a fringe veteran hoping for a come back.

    • They should find some way to play Flores. The problem he plays the position of the second best position player on the team.

      • and who would be the FIRST best position player? as i recall his ‘natural’ position is 3B, which to me is where our FIRST best position player resides.

      • dave: I would like for them to find a spot for Flores. I was hoping it would be shortstop, but that won’t happen. I don’t think they have given up on Tejada, but he does have a broken leg so they need to bring another shortstop to camp. Outfield is a problem, and I disagree with you on pitching. I don’t think they have enough.-JD

    • I agree with everything you said but if you read just a little between the lines I believe that the double talk is already starting, I would not be shocked if we don’t spend anything again and go to the scrap heap again, if Choo is willing to do something like 5-$75 mil that would be a good move I think the other guys are going for the big payday which might just kill us again

  2. “The bottom line is yes, it’s conceivable we won’t sign a player,’’ Alderson said.

    If this happens, the Mets would be lucky to have 10 fans at City Field. It will look real bad, result, free tickets for every one.

  3. They need to take some chances. Marlon Byrd I would welcome back. Why not talk to Arizona about either Owings or Gregorious? Either is an upgrade on what Mets have at short. Of course, you got to give up something and it would have to be young pitching. If they could get a first baseman and another corner outfielder capable of 18 to 25 homers, they could field a decent lineup.