Thanks to David Wright restructuring his 2013 salary, and money saved by cutting Jason Bay, the Mets feel they can add pieces and be around $105-110 million with payroll in 2013, Newsday’s David Lennon says on Twitter.
Earlier today on MLB Network Radio, Sandy Alderson said his top priority continues to be improving the outfield, more so than any other position.
“We don’t have enough outfielders to fill out a regulation team,” Alderson explained.
According to Lennon, the Mets are working on trades for an outfielder that do not include R.A. Dickey, “so there could be something action later today.”
However, in a spot on MLB Network Radio, Alderson said, while it’s still possible he could make a deal before the MLB Winter Meetings end tomorrow, he doesn’t expect it would be ‘significant.’
The Mets were involved in trade talks with the Astros last week for reliever Wilton Lopez, Alderson admitted to WFAN today. However, Houston eventually agreed to send Lopez to the the Rockies for two Single-A pitchers.
According to Alderson, trade talks have been quiet this week, mostly because teams are focused on free agents. However, he’s learned a lot about other team’s wants and needs and he has a better feel for where things can go over the next few weeks.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I’ve been saying all week, once Zack Greinke signs, teams who missed out on him will likely turn to the trade market to find a front-line starter. Alderson’s comments today about the trade market are in line with this, and he’s clearly waiting to try and hopefully create a stronger demand for his assets.