Final thoughts from Winter Meetings, what’s next and thank you…

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The MLB Winter Meetings end this afternoon, during which the Mets signed Bartolo Colon and formally introduced Curtis Granderson.

The Mets were also the subject of several trade rumors including Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and a variety of starting pitchers and relievers.

“We’re very happy,” Alderson said before leaving Orlando. “We’re going to go home, reassess what’s available, and – as we get into the last part of December, and even into January – I’m sure we’ll do some things. They may not be spectacular,  They may not be spectacular — but, we hope, additive to what we’ve already done.”

Sandy AldersonThe way I understand it from people close to the team, Alderson is still looking for starting pitchers on one-year or minor-league deals to compete with Jenrry Mejia for the fifth starter spot. He’s also reportedly looking for a veteran set-up man with experience as a closer. It seems like only a matter of time before he trades Davis, and I assume he’ll keep investigating the market for better options at shortstop, though Stephen Drew now seems like a long-shot.


There was action in Orlando, which is refreshing. These meetings are not necessarily about getting deals done these days, since front office members can easily communicate. They do not need to be under the same roof. This year, whether the GM Meetings in November or these meetings in December, it was more about collecting information, gauging markets, meeting with agents and setting up the next phase of the winter. The Mets got two new players and seem to have laid more groundwork for the final push before the holidays.

In the end, I’m starting to think these meetings are just as much about acquisitions and groundwork as they are gathering media to bomb us with random rumors, vague sourcing and lots and lots of speculation, all of which I think is a ton of fun, as a fan and blogger. I love it. Are these reporters always accurate? Who knows… They’re probably closer to the mark than we think, but the only ones who know the truth are the people working on the deal. It’s fine by me, either way.

13920237-standardI got to talk to executives and players this week, behind the scenes, all of whom lamented the media frenzy and misinformation, yet also acknowledged how fun it is and how good it is for baseball. It creates attention.

Yes, they say, it is beginning to negatively impact deals and the market place and it occasionally cause unnecessary work. However, in the end, most people seem to understand it’s all for the greater good of their business and our enjoyment of the game.


Lastly, thanks you for reading. This was the ninth time I blogged about the Winter Meetings during the site’s 10-year history, and it never ceases to amaze me how crazy and frantic it can be. It’s exhausting and exhilarating. This blog is on pace to do record traffic for a single month, so I assume whatever we are doing is working. I pride myself on hustle, focus, organization and being able to quickly put information in to context so you can better understand what was happening around the Mets. It’s easier said than done, though, and I could never do it alone. 

SNY.TV’s Andrew Vazzano and Michael Baron did a terrific job behind the scenes helping me to aggregate, source and relay links, news and rumor. I put them through hell, changing editorial and design rules every five seconds, yet they handle it in stride and keep doing great work. Thank you, guys… Also, host Robert Brender and producer Jason Potere in Orlando, as well as SNY.TV’s Jeff Goldman in New York and Chris Delgado from Spreecast, deserve a ton of credit for the amazing job they did with the MetsBlog LIVE shows that aired here each afternoon this week. I’m beyond impressed and thankful for all of their work. These men did an outstanding job and I look forward to what we can hopefully accomplish in 2014…




117 comments
cpamerica5
cpamerica5

I can't stomach the Sandy haters. You want to talk about clueless. For all the haters, you act as if there is five above average shortstops available, in the real world there isn't so Sandy Alderson cannot magically create one. He's trying on the one thats available, Drew, but he is also receiving offers from his former team, the World Series champs Red Sox. So I think we can agree that is a losing battle. I wouldn't want to overpay Drew, with better options available next year.

Lets not over react and make impulse moves. Every move has a risk attached to it. It could always be worse we could be the Yankees who imo signed the worst contract of the offseason in Ellsbury. Seven years 153mil on a guy whos greatest value is in his legs. Theres no where to hide old outfielders, but old infielders like Cano would have been able to go to 3rd and 1B. Plus he was the last of their home grown stars

yikes
yikes

I hate the Colon signing.  $20 million for a 41 year obese pitcher, seems insane for a team that struggles to field a competitive payroll.


I would have preferred to add Drew and work another youngish pitcher in with Niese, Wheeler & Gee, we had a core to work with.


I do like the Grandy signing because he is at least a professional hitter, and has played in NYC, which is a huge plus for the mets to remove some of the unknown.  I think he will also help Lagaras


Chris Young at $8million is nuts.  I personally would rather have seen them piece together the 3rd OF slot, and then again, focus on upgrading the SS and 1B slots.  


This is a rebuild team, it would be nice to add guys who are either great steals, or make sense.


Grandy was not a steal, but makes sense.

Young?  Not sure about that one

Colon?  Not sure about that one.


Not pleased with the offseason at all.

john connolly
john connolly

please fire these three gms hire Kenny Williams  these three gms to smart to be baseball people colon gona be big hit at shake shack

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

The Rosin trade to the Dodgers is not for cash. It is for a player to be named. Who would this be? Another minor league pitcher? Seems odd as these are usually for cash

bromancer
bromancer

Time to queue up the David Wright is happy with the changes piece.

Spread it thin, MetsBlog; it's a big farm. 

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

I'd like to see a couple good old fashioned baseball trades from sandy. A couple holes left to fill

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

Thanks for all your hard work. You do a great job. Just stop telling kids not to go to Journalism School.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

Well, Sandy, "They may not be spectacular" is bad news. In your language, that means a few more Omar Quintanillas, Justin Turners, as starters and not utility players. It means more tier 3 pitchers. Nothing good at 1st or SS, not much in the OF (even Granderson is questionable). Catching may be an adventure. This will be a lousy team to watch. I hope the fans stay away from Citi Field. That's an opinion they will care about.

tullydew
tullydew

Harvey & Bryd >> Colon & Granderson

This team hasn't improved from the 74 win team last year.

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

Notice what Sandy did there with his three big signings? A 1-year deal, a 2-year deal and a 4-year deal. Exactly what he wanted, guys coming off the books each year so they can go get someone new if needed.

Justin Anthony
Justin Anthony

"Lastly, thanks you for reading"

Yours welcome Cerrone. Thanks you for writing and keeping us informed

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

You are such a Wilpon shill Cerrone,like how quickly you threw up that wrong track right track poll  so soon, when  you took a long long time to put another one up after it was like 76% or something but after that 26% another  track poll went up very fast. What the matter Jeffy give you a call and tell you to put up another poll quickly at a convenient time? Because we all know that most in this fan base are gullible and Wilpon enablers 

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

Last night on SNY Terry Collins said he would like to see Duder as the #2 hitter in the lineup.  Assuming they keep Murph, where does Murph bat In the lineup?

somedude
somedude

It looks like that pic was taken by somebody asking "Hey Sandy, do you plan to sign Ike to an extension?"

Anthony T. Marra
Anthony T. Marra

I like the idea of the trade Ike for Jean Segura from the brewers. its a gamble because Brewers don't know what Ike they are getting and this is Segura's second full year as starting SS, so we don't know what we are getting for a bat, but he has speed, 44 SB's last year, and a nice defensive glove. I think this trade makes the most sense. I like the team as is for next year with that move. just think of this lineup:


1. Jean Segura - SS

2. Daniel Murph - 2B/Eric Young Jr. -2B/LF

3. David Wright - 3B

4. Curtis Granderson - RF

5. Chris Young - LF/Daniel Murphy -2B

6. Lucas Duda - !B/Josh Satin - 1B

7. Juan Lagres - CF

8. Travis d'Arnuad - C

9. Pitcher

niesesnose
niesesnose

@yikes Feldman, a back end of the rotation guy, got 3 for 30. We got a guy whp went 18-6 last year for 2 for 20. That's a good deal. And I know, he's FAT!!!111!!! and he used PEDS 2 years ago, but he wasn't using last year. If Colon was 6'2' 200 lbs would this signing even be an issue? I think Colon wins 14 or 15 games

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@yikes The Mets got the best pitcher for the money they spent.

jose_who
jose_who

Your wording is infantile, but your point is valid.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Yea 18-6 in the AL is luck! What's Wrong with you?

niesesnose
niesesnose

Kenny Williams? The Chisox have no farm system.

KMO82
KMO82

@tullydew Granderson, Largares, & Young > > Duda, Cowgill, & Byrd

Colon, Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia > > Neise, Harvey, Gee, Hefner, Laffey/Marcum

Injuries will happen but if they do we have the likes of DeGrom, Montero and Syndergaard not Laffey's. Again, people will get hurt but hopefully Wright doesn't miss 50 games. I also think TDA will provide better all around production at C.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@tullydew its virtually impossible for this team not to improve considering any production from the 1B, 2B and Catcher spot will be a significant improvement 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Harvey is better than Colon, but statistically it won't make much of a difference. Granderson is better than Byrd. Wheeler is going to be here all year, Niese is healthy, Gee is healthy. Wright is Wright, TDA should improve. If we can get rid of Ike at 1st and get a SS, we are improved significantly.

muskytoes
muskytoes

@stemog You're not going to fall for the "money coming off the books" trick again, are you?

denelor
denelor

@Metropolitan This, folks, is one example of why Disqus is a superior comment system.  Livefyre has no down vote button for people that are such childish trolls that they can't take someone saying "Thank you" and simply say "You're welcome."  



dooley
dooley

Probably due to Duda's OBP, and getting to see some fastballs hitting in front of Wright. Murphy would probably bat fifth. I like it.

somedude
somedude

I think that is a flag that you won't see Murph in the lineup.  He is your prototypical 2 hitter.

nymess
nymess

@Anthony T. Marra no offence intended, but why in the world would the Brewers make that trade? if the roles were reversed, would you trade Segura for Ike? Not in a million years. 

beers22
beers22

@Anthony T. Marra stop, just stop.  You mean you actually like the idea of trading for one of the best young shortstops in the game who had a breakout year last year.  Thanks.  Maybe we can get Paul Goldschmidt to play 1st, and acquire Mike Trout too.  The Brewers have no interest in trading him, and if they did it would take several prospects including Thor.

metfan8669
metfan8669

@Anthony T. Marra - No way this gets done without us giving up pitching as well.   So who are you going to include to make it happen?

john connolly
john connolly

@niesesnose  atleast he woulda signed the Cubans these 3 gms passed up wacha and Fernandez for nimo and cecchini cause they have to many pitching prospects

niesesnose
niesesnose

@nymetsrule The stretch from when Wheeler came up to when Wright got hurt they played 9 games over .500 at one point when they had an OF of Byrd, Lagares and Young. We've improved that outfield, our SP is solid and deep, our pen is young and has power arms.

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@muskytoes @Bob Wolfe I do like what he did there. No one is tied up long-term other than Granderson and 4 years is much better than the 7 years Choo will end up getting.

RickPetersonsJacket
RickPetersonsJacket

@denelor I'm not commenting on the content of the parent's post but you're right about Livefyre. It's like Metsblog discarded 10 years of internet evolution and adopted a message board from Lycos.

bromancer
bromancer

@denelor

You can "Flag", but I don't know what that really accomplishes in this system.

I agree with Metropolitan though; having more sunshine blown up our skirts ain't doin' it for me either.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

@somedude That stinks because that means we lose a .290 hitter in the lineup, and in its place we put in a .244 hitter (Lagares).

Anthony T. Marra
Anthony T. Marra

good point, i don't know who I would give up pitching-wise, but maybe Sandy can work out something. this move would fill SS for a few more years and get us another big SB guy.

niesesnose
niesesnose

@john connolly @niesesnose So that's it? Juast he because he signed Abreu, who hasn't done anything in pro baseball, he's better than the GM who got a high leverage reliever and good middle infield prospect for a month of Buck and Byrd. He traded Dickey for two blue chippers. The White Sox farm system is barren, and I don't know if you realize this but the Sox will be rebuilding for the next 4 years or so.

dooley
dooley

Yeah, I think they found out that Murphy's value to other clubs is considerably less than what he means to us