Recap: Sandy talk with media at Citi Field today (with Video)

To read a transcript of Sandy Alderson’s talk with reporters today in Citi Field, check out this post from Andy McCullough on his blog for the Star-Ledger; to see video, watch this:

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Sandy Alderson talked with reporters today at Citi Field and, according to video from SNY, said he expects the team’s payroll to be between $100 and $110 million in 2012, which could include Jose Reyes; but, if it did, it would limit the team’s flexibility over the next two seasons.

In addition, Alderson said:

  • He has not yet reached out to the agents for Jose Reyes, and he feels that, considering Reyes hasn’t re-signed to this point, he will likely have to wait until bidding is open to all teams.
  • The team has a general idea of how what they’re willing to offer Reyes, leaving little room for negotiation.
  • He expects Reyes to be a Type A free agent, meaning, if he signs with another team, he will net the Mets two compensatory draft picks for next year.
  • He wouldn’t say if next season’s center fielder is in the organization.
  • Daniel Murphy’s role on the team, be it as a bench guy or every-day player, in large part depends on what happens to Reyes.
  • The team’s defense and bullpen are most in need of being improved this off season.

Teams cannot bid on free agents from other teams until five days after the World Series.


Yesterday on WFAN, Mike Francesa said Alderson’s off-season budget will be less than what was initially expected (at will end up being in the range of $80 and $110 million).

“I’m hearing rumblings the team’s payroll could be under $100 million,” Francesa said. He says he’s heard the front office has a plan for each level, be it over $100 million or below.

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Michael Baron: Despite some recent reports, Sandy has not deviated from his projected payroll at any point. Things can certainly change, and it would certainly be very difficult to bring Reyes back if the payroll was below $100 million. But at the payroll level Sandy has suggested, I still think the flexibility exists to bring Reyes back plus make improvements, especially to the pitching staff which was their key problem from the beginning this year.

Listen: Mostly Mets podcast with Toby, Ted and Flood

In this week’s edition of the Mostly Mets podcast, Ted Berg, Toby Hyde and Patrick Flood discuss if Sandy Alderson’s grace period has officially ended, after which they look at the team’s best performances in 2011:

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Last night was like MLB's version of March Madness

Last night might have been the best single night of baseball that I’ve ever watched, from a league point of view. I’d have been content only watching Ryan Braun to see if he could overtake Jose Reyes for the National League batting title (which he did not), but to also have four games on (two of which went to extra innings), all roughly starting at the same time, all with playoff implications, as two teams worked to avoid simultaneous epic collapses, was beyond compelling and exciting.

Here are some random thoughts I jotted down after the action:

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That was fascinating. It reminded me of March Madness, with all the flipping back and forth and checking scores. I wish this could be replicated in other ways for baseball going forward, I just have no idea how they re-capture it.

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For me as a Mats fan, the silver lining here is that (because of how exciting and legendary the night was, and because of the math and percentages associated with Boston’s and Atlanta’s demise) the Mets clearly no longer have the worst collapse in league history. Not. Even. Close.

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I hate the Braves. I’m glad they didn’t get in to the post-season. However, I can’t help but think a Bobby Cox-led team would have played as poorly as these guys did in September, when they went 8-18. His teams were always so consistent.

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There are people who LOVE to cite ‘integrity,’ and ‘history,’ and ‘class’ when discussing sports. I wonder if those same people (some of whom host talk shows in New York) will accuse Joe Girardi of not being true to competition, since he basically treated his series against the Rays as a three-day bullpen session – as though it was Spring Training – all while his competition fought for a playoff spot?

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I wonder what was going through Boston’s mind as they sat idle in the clubhouse, unable to help themselves, during a rain delay, while watching the Rays charge back from down 7-0. Sox fans must have been crawling the walls. Also, if Boston decides to blow up their team, including parting ways David Ortiz, I wonder if Carlos Beltran will be their DH next season? Lastly, I wonder how Red Sox fans feel about their team’s $250 million spending spree from nine months ago?

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I’m rooting for the Rangers and Rays to win the World Series. Obviously, I hope the Yankees and Phillies get swept and never score a run.