Outfield, Starter and Reliever on Sandy Alderson’s shopping list

“A team insider said it’s conceivable the Mets actually will not add an outfielder on a major league contract this offseason,” Adam Rubin reported for ESPN New York last night.

However, today, Rubin cites another team official as saying outfield still remains on their ‘shopping list,’ along with a a starting pitcher and bullpen depth.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Conceivable. Could. Might. May be. They’re all vague, speculative words. I hear the same things. It’s typical. The reality is, the Mets know they need better outfielders, but their options are limited as long as they keep holding the line on giving just one- or two-year contracts, and so long as they refuse to trade top pitching prospects.

The D-Backs want pitching, and the caliber of those pitchers with will determine if they trade you Justin Upton or Jason Kubel. I don’t think the Mets are comfortable with the price tag in either deal. It looks like the Red Sox are keeping Jacoby Ellsbury. Coco Crisp can be had, but Oakland is not pressured to move him. Michael Bourn is still seeking a long-term contract. Scott Hairston is waiting on the Yankees, and a few other teams. And after that, it’s the same old unimpressive crop of scrap-heap minor league deals waiting to compete in Spring Training. It’s been an ugly market all winter…