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: