Alderson will assess in-house options, before free agents and trades

In advance of looking to the free agent and trade market for help at shortstop and left field, the Mets first need to asses what they have in house, Sandy Alderson said in Binghamton on Thursday (Worthy, Sept. 4).

“If you look at shortstop, Wilmer Flores has actually done a very nice job for us at shortstop,” he said. “Matt Reynolds has played well at short, both in Double-A and at Triple-A. Matt den Dekker had an excellent season at Triple-A. So we’ve got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market. Free-agents aren’t always the solution.”


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Reynolds, 23, hit .355 with a .430 OBP in 58 games with Binghamton. He is now hitting .333 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 68 games for Las Vegas.

According to columnist Andy Martino, at least one scout who has watched Reynolds says he’s already a better fielder and hitter than Ruben Tejada (Daily News, Aug. 12).


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: He is built for third base, plays some shortstop and fills in at second. Obviously, if he can continue to improve his fielding, the organization would love for him to succeed in the middle infield.

The Mets were high on him when they took him in the draft. He was talked about as an outstanding contact hitter, less power, but slapping balls to all fields, similar to Daniel Murphy. He struggled early, but spent time this past off-season working to improve his pitch selection. It’s looking like he’s combining the two traits this season. His surface number are impressive, but I’m still concerned how his walk-to-strikeout rate will play against big-league pitching and fielding.

By the way, it’s worth noting that Reynolds and C prospect Kevin Plawecki were the players selected with compensation picks from the Marlins when Jose Reyes left for Miami as a free agent.




185 comments
isledogs19
isledogs19

What have they been doing for the last 3 or 4 years? What a BS answer from a GM who thinks he is a god. Whenever he talks, they should turn off the microphones!

Earl K Hotaling
Earl K Hotaling

I will wait to assess if I purchase my ticket plan in 2015 that I have had for 17 years

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

I love how he always needs to "assess" something..as if he has no idea of who any of these guys are by now..lol..didn't he say the same thing about Duda, 3 weeks ago?!?

Richard Daly
Richard Daly

They are playing money ball .and there not the only team doing after awhile they get draft picks another year draft picks till finally over the course of 5 to ten years low payed player's great bottom line numbers even though there are not many fans coming to the park

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

be nice. just saw the movie gravity on demand. kinda like the mets last 7 years ugh

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

oh stop.  He was inn Binghamton and talking to Binghamton people.  His entire purpose of being there is to see and assess players and he was talking to the audience.  He did not say or even imply that he was not going to sign people.

steve333
steve333

Maybe we should be assessing Alderson now that Kevin Towers is available

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Has Flores really been solid in the field? I haven't been watching much lately. Great news if he is. Last I remember was that terrible game with the 2 errors and him tripping over his own feet. Gave me serious doubts.

showstoppa
showstoppa

If this fan base accepts anything LESS than at least a legit power hitting left fielder they deserve what they get. I will not be sold on bounce back years from Wright and Granderson. Figure it out Sandy.

How about JJ Hardy

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Sandy the payroll is not a game of limbo. We don't need to see how low you can go!

Doubleday
Doubleday

Irony: everyone here said Wilmer could hit, but he couldn't play SS. He has been slow to come around with the bat (historically his MO when advancing a league), but he has been a pretty solid fielder. Guess those unseen scouting reports were wrong, after all. :-)

Patrick Tromp
Patrick Tromp

In-house we don't any options, we don't need a 200 avg/ 5 hr hitters we need a power hitter that can hit 300 avg/40 hrs

bsp123
bsp123

This is the same crap Alderson has been saying for years.  Didn't he just say last year that the time for assessing what they have in-house was over?  The guy has his hands tied by the Wilpons and nothing will change this offseason.  Good luck Mets.

Metsfan69738600
Metsfan69738600

Lol in my own personal opinion I don't think Flores will ever be the player people think he should be and for d'arnaud even tho he's been much better since bieng called up I don't think hell ever reach the potential he was destined to reach

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

they will sign people. doesnt say they wont. if payroll drops more they will lose control of the team. all he said is nothing. he cant talk about other players while under contract.

Vinny Oliva
Vinny Oliva

There's a difference between being cheap and being broke. The mets don't have that much money compared to a lot of other teams, so even if they try to spend money on something don't expect Cargo or Tulo

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

In other words the team will do nothing to improve.

saxon
saxon

Flores is not the problem as a matter of my opinion he will hit .280... 15 HRs, 25 doubles.. 75 plus RBI's but most of all he will drive in the big runs... Now, our problem is in right field with Curtis and left field up in the air... 

I would like to see 34 year old Nelson Cruz in left and the Mets to try and get Kris Bryant from the Cubs... I do not want Baez and his strikeouts... Or Castro....Flores will put up similar numbers.......I want contact hitters like Murphy and Flores...

Mets have enough to get Bryant and Cruz if available for 2 years... Pay him 20 million per year...Conforto or Nimmo will then be ready... Rotation next year would like to see... Harvey, Wheeler, Matz, deGrom, and Noah... Trade Gee, Niese, Collon, Mazzoni, and catching prospect Cubs love...Pawecki

matmil
matmil

Okay what am I missing? Besides a few brain cells. If they improve the team that should improve the record right. If you improve the record you sell more tickets right. If you sell more tickets you make more profit right. Which part of that is to hard to understand.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Here we go again. Look for another $80 million payroll with no free agent signings during the offseason.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

What FA LF do you want? melkey is going to be too expensive - someone has listed Choo's contract as an example 7yrs and $130 and i sort of agree its going to be in that range - Wilpons are not going for that.


We are stuck with Granderson - have to admit i was for the signing (guilty as charged - they had to do "something")


People look at the team that is out there right now because it is going to look very similar to the one that is on the field in April.


C - D'aRnaud looks to be fine, Plawicki maybe the back up

1b - Which Duda do we get? the one that crushed for 3 months or the one that is stalled the last few weeks, either way he is the 1st baseman

2b - Murphy - i think Herrera is in AAA next year and is brought up after Murphy is either traded or leaves after 2015

3b - DW - hope that 2014 was just that year but 290 15 and 85 is all that can be expected

SS - Flores - i think he has done enough and is started to be much more consistent at the plate 

LF - MDD - why spend 2 M on a possible player when you have the player in house?

CF - Lageras - does he take the next step in his development and become an elite type of player

RF - Granderson - $15M reasons why


If you think that a full season Flores at Short can produce a 270 with 10hrs and 65 RBI's why use your trade chips to get the same player as a prospect?


Captain Kirk is out of options so he either on the 25 man roster as a 4th outfielder or is traded


Soory folkes i just do not see where the Mets are going to spend all this $$$ 

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

I usually like to give a lengthy opinion on matters like this so here it goes.


When you look at the 4 years Sandy has been here..one thing is abundantly clear. He has succeeded in what his primary goal was. Take a team that was once in the top ten in payroll year after year, and bring them down to small market status until the owners are able to fund the team like they used to. This plan has been in full affect for a while and there are too many signs that prove it. The only reason they spend last season was because of the TV revenue that all teams received. Prior to that...in 3 off-seasons, their biggest FA signing was Frank Francisco. That speaks volumes. It is one thing to rebuild...but this is a flat out transition from big market to small market and that cannot be argued.


Now...look up and down this 25 man roster. Majority of it outside of Granderson and Colon are either homegrown (Lagares, Flores etc) prospects through trade (Wheeler, D'arnaud, Herrera) or cheap signings (Eveland/Carlylse). Sorry but no team will be a juggernaut when they rely on building that way. Look at the past 10 WS winners. None of those teams won with a predominately homegrown/cheap roster. It is done through trades, FA and from within. That really cannot be argued either as the proof is in the successful teams.


Now, this team has the pieces. The rotation is strong. The bullpen is strong. They have a great CF and a good 1B Their 3B is still an all-star even with one off-season and they have a catcher that finally might be the real deal. That leaves a SS, 2B, LF and RF. Once Murphy is traded, you are relying on 3 unproven players and another player that is having a bad season, to turn it around and prove themselves next season.Your bench is also pretty weak as well. They are not going to make the big step next season as currently constructed, but it looks like that will happen which is not a surprise.


You can't protest, you can't boycott...none of that stuff works. The Mets are unable to go back to what they were right now because Madoff hurt the WIlpons bad. They are going to hope and pray that they step in you know what with some of these young players...they know that if they do that fans will come back and spend. We either deal with it as we love this team or move on. Either way it doesn't change right now

Steve Bernstein
Steve Bernstein

This team sucks from the players to the owners and everyone in between. Sick and tired of their bull-crap. Have been a fan since 1962. Think I have to start rooting for some other team. The only thing try have going for them is their pitching. They are not going to spend to get hitting NO RUNS NO WINS it's simple.

Derek Lee
Derek Lee

Cus the Wilpons are OK with losing. As long as they still make money. Which they will if they sell the team to Montreal. Then Citi Field and Willets Point will fulfill their real estate dream

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

YOU HAVE 4 GM'S HOW MUCH MORE ASSESSING DO YOU HAVE TO DO??? WHAT DOES THIS GM GROUP DO ALL DAY? DON'T YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT WHO IS A MAJOR LEAGUER AND WHO ISN'T? ALDERSON IS SO FULL OF GARBAGE. I AGREE WITH BELOW…STAY AWAY FROM CITI FIELD! WE'RE BEING TREATED LIKE A BUNCH OF FOOLS!

Gerald Montagna
Gerald Montagna

The money policy is the Wilpons's, it's not that Alderson doesn't want to spend money.  I blame him only in that, in order to get the job, he promised the Wilpons he could put together a contending team on a small-market budget.  Now he's too proud to admit he was wrong, and is going to go out there year after year, as long as they let him, always telling the fans and ownership that next year everything will come together.  It's not going to happen no matter how good the pitching may be (assuming Harvey comes back at 100%, which is unrealistic), because they can't hit at all.  However, maybe it's best he doesn't sign free agents -- look at who he signs when he does?  It was obvious Granderson had been in a steep decline for year, the Yankees didn't even make him an offer.  Chris Young should have been signed to a minor league contract off those horrible 2013 numbers, not $7mil per.  And the guys he picks up for the bullpen -- he's been wrong over and over again.

Joe Weiskopf
Joe Weiskopf

And what did you say about Harvey before he was bought up? He wouldn't reach potential too?

mike23
mike23

@Karl Leopold I don't mind letting Flores start at SS full time from day one next year and seeing what happens (unless a better option is available of course and doesn't cost the farm).


.... my issue is the outfield spot where I don't see MDD being a starter, Mets need to find another bat for the outfield that is a known run producer/healthy track record etc... not sure who that is right now but Sandy and the Wilpons have to finally step up and add to this team, no more hoping etc...mets need legit players NOW and that position is a corner outfield spot (probably RF because I don't like Granderson's arm there). 



With mets starting rotation and bullpen arms (Parnell coming back as well), they NEED to improve their offense by adding at least one big bat (for the OF), can't go into 2015 again with question marks all over. If Wilpons and Sandy can't make it happen/help the team and put a legit product on the field than Mets fans should most definitely stay away from citi field in 2015. 

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

@Karl Leopold I'd say 10 HR is on the WAY low end for Flores HR.

He can put up a .270 15HR season next year for sure.

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

@BerryBeltran I like you Barry but you saying " None of those teams won with a predominately homegrown/cheap roster" is CRAZY.

The 2012 Giants best players were Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan, Matt Cain, Bumgarner and Vogelsong.  The only noteworthy FA was Melky.

2011 Cards has Pujols, Molina, Freese, Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Lohse, who were all homegrown or cheap, plus Berkman/Holliday.

2008 Phillies, Ruis, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Victorino, Werth, Hamels

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@BerryBeltran What are you basing non-protesting and non-boycotting ineffectiveness on. Don't you think it would make national news if 5,000 fans stood outside of CitiField without going in? Do you think playing in front of 3,000 fans wouldn't be an embarrassment to MLB and the new commissioner coming in? 


If the Wilpon's are hurting so badly, they can put the team up for sale and pocket at least a half billion dollars profit on their buying price. They still have plenty of money. They are simply holding Met fans hostage because they want to give the team to their grandkids. In the meantime we as fans get nothing but lies and pompous statements from a GM who is pocketing a few million bucks a year telling us we should be looking at 90 wins. As a consumer (fan) why would anyone who is not insane go to a Met game?

Diane Kensworth
Diane Kensworth

@BerryBeltran the only way a protest would work would be to get some publicity. We would have to get Boomer and Carton on board or Mushnick. If they don't get behind it, if they don't embrace the idea we'll fail. My bet is on Carton. We have to try!!! 

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Diane Kensworth @Karl Leopold What are your protesting? that they are not spending $$$.  What player do you want.  Like it or not, they do seem to have an abundance of young players about ready to hit the big time - will all of them pan out? no of course not but some will.  


Yesterday i looked into FA signings of position players that signed for 2 years and average salary of $10M or more from 2011, 2012 & 2013.  There were 22 players on that list.  It was a reach to find 7 that you would want on your team

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

I think with confidence building Flores could hit .280 on up.Murphy is the question on if Mets are dumb enough to pay him.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@Diane Kensworth @BerryBeltran I dont think they will do it. The only way to protest if you wanted to would be not to go to games, not to watch the games and dont buy Mets memorabilia. Not many will do that and the Wilpons know that. I am one of those fans that won't do that because I love the team....unfortunately this org. is a mess right now..

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Your right, the only way we get a bat is if Sandy gets one in a trade.

Diane Kensworth
Diane Kensworth

@Karl Leopold I'm a season ticket holder for 10 years, I'm protesting the fact that over the last 5 i've been spending thousands of dollars on a team that's not competitive. That the owners are more concerned about passing the team to their grandchildren than putting a competitive product on the field and the fact that they have no chance of winning next year without an infusion of capital and at a minimum an upgrade at the LF and SS positions. I will not be buying tickets in 2015 unless they're significantly improved. I've been to 10 games this season and in 7 out of the last 10 I'm literally the only one sitting in the section. Enough is enough. 

Diane Kensworth
Diane Kensworth

@BerryBeltran @Diane Kensworth I know, I'm probably dreaming but it would be amazing if we all met in the parking lot. The press would be all over it. The Wilpons would be forced to address it and MLB.tv would definitely cover it. The new commission might not be as sympathetic to the Wilpons as the old regime.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Diane Kensworth Diane - i am not meaning to sound like a smart a$$ - but since the Madoff situation and with the subsequent hiring of Sandy - did you really think they were going to be putting boatloads of $$ into the team?


I feel we are lucky right now - lucky you say - yes lucky because we DO HAVE some promising young players coming through and thats what i think we have to hang our hat on.


I would rather have them sit tight and wait for the right move then to just make a move - see last year and Granderson.  Because with the wrong move this team is hamstrung for another 5+ years

bromancer
bromancer

@BerryBeltran @Diane Kensworth  Ya gotta believe, right?  The concept of the righteous  underdogs prevailing is in the Mets' DNA -- so cancel those season tix, spread the word, and help make it happen.