He wouldn’t be Sandy Alderson if he weren’t snide and condescending. The Mets’ general manager told reporters this afternoon at Citi Field the team could add payroll.
“We have the ability to take on payroll,’’ Alderson told reporters, then added, “even though none of you will believe me.’’
Geez, Sandy, ever wonder why that is?
Could it be he’s gone back on nearly every player-acquisition comment he’s made? Could it be hardly any of his injury update statements have proven false? Could it be “Mr. Panic City” has made a habit of being flippant and rude? And, let’s not even start with the shortstop and leadoff decisions, not to mention talk of 90 wins.
Late last month Alderson was quoted in the New York Daily News saying it was within his budget to acquire a pricey, impact bat. Now, Aramis Ramirez – who is none of those things is reportedly on his way to Pittsburgh – there’s no interest in Justin Upton, and now even Oakland’s Ben Zobrist, who is making around $4 million, is too expensive.
I’m just wondering who this middle-of-the-order, inexpensive quality bat is and where he’s coming from?
It’s hard to tell if the Mets are buyers or sellers, considering they will still entertain offers for Jon Niese, Friday’s starter, who has been exceptional the past two months.
Niese is under contract through 2016 and with the Mets holding a club option for 2017 and 2018. They would be open to dealing Niese if the contract they would take on has similar parameters.
So, I don’t see Niese leaving any time soon.
And, not coming any time soon is David Wright, who Alderson said would resume baseball activity next week in New York.
Of course, we’ve heard that several times since Wright went on the disabled list in April.