Mets’ GM Alderson Goes To GM Meetings With Many Needs But Few Options

There is normally little action at the GM meetings, which begin Monday for New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson in Orlando, the same city in which the winter meetings will take place a month later.

Alderson is open to discuss trades and signing free agents, but realistically the Mets have little trading pieces on the major league level, and the most coveted prospects on the minor league level he wants to protect.

Alderson knows he must protect his young pitching assets while Matt Harvey mends from Tommy John surgery.

The free agent market will be flooded Monday when those players given qualifying offers are expected to reject them to test the market.

Let’s face it, the Mets won’t be serious bidders for Jacoby Ellsbury, are expected to lose out on Shin-Soo Choo, and will likely be outbid for Stephen Drew. This leaves the Mets still with holes in the outfield and shortstop.

The Mets also have need for two starters at the back end of the rotation, a back-up catcher for Travis d’Arnaud, depth in the bullpen and a decision to make at first base between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

Alderson has a lot of work to do, and despite saying he has the latitude to make a $100-million package, but Ellsbury and Choo what more than that and more than four years.

So, Alderson will be in Orlando to meet with general managers and agents and must be creative.


3 thoughts on “Mets’ GM Alderson Goes To GM Meetings With Many Needs But Few Options

  1. I read where he said $100M contract is unlikely so you can scratch Choo from our OF.

    He will probably spend about $30M on a player or two.

    I really don’t care what he does as long as he fills holes. Like the OF, ss, 1b, etc.

      • Below is my take on Ike verse Duda. At SS give me Ryan, in the OF I’ll take Grandy. Then I want to spend on the pen. Give me B. Wilson and M. Gonzolez.

        So, with 2 CF’s already in the OF, we could throw den Dekker out there as well, with Young and maybe Ibanez for cheap pop. The team would be superb defensievly and if we went with Montero and Mejia at the back end with Torres as the first guy you go to for help, you have a rotation that pounds the strike zone and a great D. behind them, maybe the best since ’98-99. The reason I want to spend so much on the pen is Montero’s only conditioned to go 5/6, as is Wheeler. Gee seems to hit a wall in the 6th as well.

        Duda use to be one of my favorite Mets and if this surprises go back to Lucas game logs from 2011, he got off to a miserable start and I believe he was sent down, then came back up and hit everything in sight, singles, doubles, right where the ball was pitched, a ball away he took it to left, a ball down the middle, a single to center, and balls inside got turned on, or inside outed. Over Lucas’ hot stretch which lasted like 70 games he rarely if ever swung for the fences, rarely struck out, got plenty of free passes, and to me anyways was swinging like Tony Gywnn. 20 some odd games into his hot streak fans and media alike were complaining. When is this big, strong dude going to hit home runs? How come Lucas isn’t hitting with power? I was pissed off, and thought the clammoring for HR’s may get to Lucas, but in 2011 it didn’t. I remember TC backing the youngster in postgame shows etc. saying Lucas is doing just fine, if we try to get him to hit HR’s he’ll likely strikeout and look foolish up there, this made me happy. Lucas would be able to continue developing at his pace and the HR’s would eventually come, some by accident, some on mistakes, and some when the situation called for it.

        Enter 2012. Team philosophy changed and Lucas would become a pull power hitter. Ever since that time Lucas’ development has hit a brick wall and he now looks as lost at the plate as any Met. He finished of ’13 okay, but a shade of the guy that was developing in ’11. At this point, as a fan, I’m ready to give up on Lucas and think his coaching, primarily by the direction of the FO, who I like and respect and grade very high, has potentially ruined his potential to grow as a hitter. Time will tell.

        As for Ike, I thought his swing looked A okay when he returned from AAA last year. Then the injury bug bit him, again. My view on Ike is this, the FO has lost confidence in him, not good for Ike, and fans have lost confidence in him, not good for Ike, and the media has lost confidence in him, not good for Ike. He’s got to prove a lot of people wrong, which a fantastic April can do, but the last 2 Aprils, Jeesh, not good for Ike. Anyways, if we keep Ike I can see his basement to ceiling numbers as such. 10-40 HR’s in 350-590-AB’s, with 30-to-110 RBI. Since we head into the year at 115-to-1 odds and have a shot at(IMO) 40 big flies 110 ribbies, or close to for 3.8 million we gamble here and if we get the latter that’s a grand slam. Considering we have a logjam of cheap FB, there is insurance if Ike proves unproductive. And, lastly I forgot when I wrote this a couple of days ago, Ike is so befuddled by the breaking ball, it makes it hard to go with him, but I’d still move forward with Ike.