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MetsBlog Q&A: Ken Rosenthal previews the Winter Meetings for the Mets

This afternoon at the Winter Meetings, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal talked with SNY.TV’s Robert Brender about Sandy Alderson’s off-season strategy, the team’s payroll constraints, and the reported signing of free agent OF Curtis Granderson.


Brender: Do you get a sense of what direction Sandy Alderson is going in this week?

Rosenthal: “Actually, no. A starting pitcher would be good. Or a veteran starting pitcher. But, at the same time, I think they’re pretty much open to anything. Bullpen, obviously. All teams are looking for bullpen. And, something is going to happen on the infield on the right side. I don’t know what it’s going to be. I would not expect Murphy, Duda and Davis to all be on the same team next season.”

Brender: Do you still think the Mets will add another outfielder?

Rosenthal: “Certainly that would be a possibility. I would be interested in seeing how Chris Young plays next year. Now, he isn’t a great player. Nobody should confuse him with a great player. But, he had to accept a part-time role for the first time last year with Oakland. Clearly, it wasn’t easy for him, as it wouldn’t be easy for most players. I don’t expect him to get 600 plate appearances this year, but it’s one year of this being behind him, so he might be accustomed to it. So, I would expect he would be better than he was last year. He’s not going to be a high average guy or a low strikeout guy. But, he can do some things – he has some power. I think he will be a useful addition for them.”


To listen to the rest of the Brender’s talk with Rosenthal, click the play button below:


Rosenthal’s charity, bowtiecause.com, which is part of the Dhani Jones philanthropic initiative, helps raise awareness for charities and issues around the country.




27 comments
Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

Can someone explain to me why we are trying to trade Murphy? Wasn't he one of about 2 guys that can actually hit on this team?

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

Murphy & Niece for elvis andrus, and tex picks up 33% of his contract

James Edward Conklin III
James Edward Conklin III

You dont expect Young to get 600 abs?  Then why the f did we give over 7 million dollars?

jrfam86
jrfam86

I dont understand how this guy got 7.5 million. For that price why wouldn't they have just resigned byrd for 2 years

lgm86
lgm86

Wasn't one of the main reasons Chris Young signed with us in the first place that he wouldn't have to be a part time player?  I don't think he's going to be OK with another outfielder coming in and platooning with him.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Jon Heyman reports Yankees looking at Pelfrey.

manicmesia
manicmesia

I would blame him for suggesting it could be so many things, but the team could be improved in just about any area.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Fascinating interview with Rosenthal.  He has absolutely nothing to say.  

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Anybody interested in a Dee Dee Gordon a ss from the Dodgers we can trade somebody minor a pitcher  or two for him He may not be great but he can hit and be a half way decent ss . and he has excellent speed.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@Bong Bongadowski I agree....I just don't see EY or Flores providing anytype of offense that Murphy provides...+ too many K's with either of them.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Because they can cut ties with him for next year when the team will be especially good. Geez, not to pick on you specifically, but doesn't ANYONE on this blog know ANYTHING about basic baseball common sense? Phil Hughes got a freaking $24 million contract for three years and he's TERRIBLE. The Mets get an athletic, center-field-type power-speed player to play the corner outfield spot for a year, and everyone loses it. He's not a part-time player next year- he will likely bat fifth or sixth for this team behind Granderson, with Duda/Davis sixth, D'Arnaud seventh and Lagares eighth. I'm already anticipating EY as the starting second baseman and leading off next year, so really the only remaining hole is shortstop and a #2 hitter (they would ideally be the same player). 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I'm going to doubt Brender is for or against the Wilpons. He probably doesn't care, as he is just a contributor. He's a TV/Radio announcer out west in California. We just gotta hate everyone on here? That was a good interview with a highly respected and reputable baseball source. 

ajd121
ajd121

@boner1 If they ain't going to do nothing doesn't mean that they are going to do something?

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I'd be shocked. The Yankees need a guarantee in the rotation and he's far from that. Plus, he'd be a wreck in that park AND in that division. Then again, the Yanks don't seem to hesitate at making horrible investments these days (see Beltran, Carlos and Ellsbury, Jacoby). Those two will be making a combined $37 million each of the next three years (assuming average salary to be evenly distributed throughout the length of each contract.) Add McCann and its about $55 million for the trio. The really bad thing for the Yanks here is that they are locked into these players now- they don't get a re-do in a year or two once things go south. The Mets, on the other hand, have just Wright, Niese and Granderson locked in to contracts beyond this season. Talk about flexibility!

tacknaf
tacknaf

@Macacawitz "It's either gonna be a starting pitcher, a relief pitcher, 1B or 2B. Maybe an outfielder." 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Gordon is not a good idea. He's not much of a hitter, despite excellent speed, and he's a terrible defender. I'll pass and go with Tejada in that case.

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

@Ron Davis If the price isn't high, and I doubt it is, I would love to at least give him a chance. He is still young and if he can manage to just hit .260 with a few walks he would be huge with his blazing speed. I say it is worth the risk because worse comes to worse he is better than Tejada because of stolen bases.

1harris1
1harris1

@Ron Davis If they have to give up somebody of consequence to get him, I'd rather just go with Tejada.

mrdickey
mrdickey

Can he steal first base? Very light hitter. He's a pinch runner. I rather have his dad come out of retirement and pitch for the Mets.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I'm surprised he never mentioned shortstop actually. That doesn't seem to bode well for the future...

hankypanky
hankypanky

No doubt Tejada is a wild card. Still young, excellent at working a long count, I wonder if his new physical program will change 

his mental state as well. Be nice to see an improvement in attitude.