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MetsBlog Q&A: Steve Phillips talks Mets, spending, Wilpons and Granderson

At the Winter Meetings, SiriusXM analyst Steve Phillips talked with SNY.TV’s Robert Brender.

Phillips talked about a variety of issues, and had the following to say about…

The team’s budget contracts, payroll and if the Mets have the potential to still sign big-name players:

“The Mets have always had a budget. But, whenever there has been the possibility of something that made sense, that was fiscally resonsible and reasonable, that makes sense for now and the future, and the value is right, the Wilpons have always been willing to consider that. From experience, I would say, they’ve always been open to considering those things. I suspect that hasn’t changed. Now, they’re moving through some of the financial difficulties of the past, so I wouldn’t rule out anything because they never really do either.”

The state of the hot stove, following what was such a frenzied start to the winter…

“Typical, when free agents sign before the Meetings, it means they got offers they didn’t expect to hear. … It seems to me, now that things are shifting toward trade discussions, which take a little bit longer. … There are more impact players on the trade market right now than in the free-agent market.”

The Curtis Granderson signing, and giving him a four-year deal..

“Granderson is one of the best guys in all of professional sports. He was one of the best people I’ve ever come across. He’s a class act, he’s smart, articulate, charismatic, he’s everything you want in a player. I love his power bat coming to the lineup. … he needs his swing fine tuned, so his relationship with the hitting coach is going to be important. He’s more than an adequate outfielder, he’ll cover ground. He’s a great addition to this lineup. He’s not all that’s needed, but certainly a piece that will be important to them.”

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

12 comments
Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

PHILIPS ALSO HAD DOULBLEDAY  WHO TOLD PHILIPS TO GO GET PIAZZA,, THEN HE TOLD PHILIPS TO OFFER HIM THIS AND THEN THIS AND THEY SIGNED HIM LONGTERM,,, 

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

"I'd make that deal." -Steve Phillips on trading Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt, 2010.

Edmahn
Edmahn

I really want to hear something Steve Phillips said about GM-ing the Mets. Not.

mets1973
mets1973

Steve Phillips was the beneficiary of the Marlins firesale of 97-98 and Madoff money. He was and is a lousy talent evaluator and had no idea of how to develop a winning franchise, that is a franchise that will contend year in and year out.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Things i will do with the restraints on other teams not wanting our players Keep Ike at first and Murphy at 2b. let EY Jr play some second and some platoon at RF and LF on days off or move CY to play some CF when Lagares struggles.  sign Arroyo and Chris Perez one starter and one reliever  hope Ike hits so you can move him during season for more value but right now lets just stay pat for the hitting and let it play out. Send Duda to the minors to play full time first in LV . in case we get a trade for Ike during season but mostly move Murphy to first if that happens then you can use EY at second or Flores later on.

hankypanky
hankypanky

As long as some of you are taking the negative route, what do think of the long lines waiting to sign up Wonderful Wally and his sidekick Valdespin?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

"Granderson is one of the best guys in all of professional sports. He was one of the best people I’vc ever come across. He’s a class act, he’s smart, articulate, charismatic, he’s everything you want in a player."

He's an OF'er not a politician.  I was in favor of signing Granderson but at least point out the flaws of the player if you're doing an analysis.  I've always found Phillips to be a complete bozo.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Looks like Alderson got it right.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

I just can't take all these posts suggesting ownership is ready willing and able.

vtmetsfan
vtmetsfan

@fedupfan13 I just can't take all the typos anymore. It's actually kind of insulting that they can't take 2 minutes to proofread a post. I've worked as a journalist. I would have been fired so quickly if I pulled some of the errors I've seen on here, and they don't even put up corrections.


"'Granderson is one of the best guys in all of professional sports. He was one of the best people I’vc ever come across."'


Come on.

vtmetsfan
vtmetsfan

@Andrew Vazzano Thank you. Sorry for being cranky. I shouldn't read this blog before I get my coffee in the morning.