Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson is still looking for players

Sandy Alderson says he likes what he’ll have in camp, but he’s always in the market to add players to the roster (Daily Pennsylvanian, Jan. 30).

“The last three years, the strategy I have tried to articulate is threefold: acquire talent and develop talent, create more payroll flexibility and, third, try to win as many games as you can without compromising one and two,” the GM said (Daily Pennsylvanian, Jan. 30). “Now we’ve turned a corner a little bit, and I’d say that now we want to win as many games as we can while being mindful of one and two, but not letting those control our decision-making with respect to winning and losing.”

According to Alderson, he has spent the fifth-most money of any team in MLB this winter, his payroll sits around $85 million, and there is still a chance they make additional acquisitions.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I don’t want the Mets to get bogged down in big, long-term contracts just for the sake of spending, because sooner than later they’re going to have to pay up for Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy, Zack Wheeler and others. These guys are earning very little money, relative to performance, thanks to league minimums and arbitration. But, eventually, these guys are going to need to get significant raises, whether as free agents or buying out arbitration and free-agent years. Yes, players can be non-tendered, but the Mets aren’t cutting Harvey, Wheeler, Murphy, and so on. These guys will need to be paid and, as much as I want the most entertaining product on field today, I don’t want bloated contracts for the sake of spending getting in the way. It’s a tough balance to strike…




63 comments
Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Still dont understand why he gave 50 yr old Franco a 2 yr deal

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Lol, maybe if Minaya were still around

Robert Daly
Robert Daly

Sign Rodney . Ownership needs to go .

howard_stn
howard_stn

Here is the translation:  "winning is not a priority."    After four years of Sandy & JP-  how many players have they developed?

heatcoach
heatcoach

Why would any smart, National League General Manager pay Daniel Murphy one penny more than they have to?  He is a one dimensional player that lacks pure baseball instincts and costs his team as many runs in the field and on the bases as he might get at the plate.  He is valuable on a second division team as an offensive contributor and no more.  If he truly has value he should be traded to the American League, where he can play his true position, DH, and bring back some prospects with real upside.  The Mets problem remains that they have too many of this type of player in their organization and on the major league roster.  Murphy, Duda, Satin, and, from what he showed in his brief time in the bigs last year, Flores are defensively deficient and in the National League playing in the seemingly cavernous Citi Field this ruins the team over the course of a season. 

hashburry
hashburry

Spending the 5th most money is totally irrelevant.  He started from basically nothing. Other teams don't have nearly the holes to fill.

hashburry
hashburry

They are not going to have to "pay Daniel Murphy" sooner or later.  He is still a fringe MLB player and is not getting a major contract.  Sandy just said at the end of last season in so many words he didn't like this group of players.  So Granderson changes all that? Just stop talking already.

mike23
mike23

According to Alderson, he has spent the fifth-most money of any team in MLB this winter, his payroll sits around $85 million, and there is still a chance they make additional acquisitions.


Sandy, you are GM of a New York team 85 million payroll is pretty pathetic, tell your ownership to sell if they can't cut it in NY. Tell them to go buy a small market team if that is what they are capable of. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Somebody tell Sandy that he can't find major league players in front of the local Home Depot or the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

dexx
dexx

The worst thing we could do is sign Harvey and Wheeler to a Johan Santana contract.  Trade those guys after year 2 of arb for the next group of Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero. 

RandomDreg
RandomDreg

Any team with Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis penciled in as likely opening day starters due to absolutely no other choices (yeah, Lucas Duda...same issue) needs to always have eyes open.  How is bringing in more players when you have serious issues with your starters spending money just for the sake of it?

Mark Gunn
Mark Gunn

He must be looking in the wrong place.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

No Matt because we're a big market team. Spend some money. We don't need to spend like the yankees but we shouldnt be spending like the Royals. One contract should not bog us down - years upon years of terrible teams bog down us fans so how about they give us something worth paying for instead of asking us to keep coming so they can spend more because at some point enough is enough 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

This is ridiculous! 

Parnell FA in 2016

Gee 2017

Harvey 2019

Wheeler 2020


Even buying out last arb year or two this is the dumbest excuse I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Wait...did I just read what I thought?  Matt is now arguing against signing Drew, a reliever or whomever right now...to accomodate mid level salaries for young players...2 or 3 years from now?

One of the league's smallest payrolls BETTER find a way to keep their own players. 

This post really is insanely stupid.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I think Sandy has finally begun to drink his own Kool-Aid.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I see Daniel Murphy as being another Hubie Brooks. Good player, sometimes very good with his bat, but not a difference maker like a Gary Carter or Keith Hernandez.  

hankincolo
hankincolo

2015 will be the interesting year. The starting staff is looking very good and maybe great when Harvey returns. The big question will be whether the Mets, seeing that they have a better than .500 team, will spend big when next year's Free Agency class is available. Will the Mets return to being a 100 million dollar payroll team or will they still watch their pennies, nickles and dimes? 


Also, if they start to spend big again, I hope they've learned their lesson about spending too much for aging talent. That's what happened under Omar and we all know how that ended. Sandy, I suspect is much smarter.  

testiculon
testiculon

Bottom line is that this team is now being run by a grown up.  He'll get us there.  Believe it.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

More double talk from Sandy. "If I do one and two, then three will come together as long as I don't upset one and two" I think Sandy is full of two.

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

Teams whose owners aren't in debt up to their eyeballs can afford to keep their homegrown players AND add free agents.

30yrmetfan
30yrmetfan

Murphy is a fa after next year, I don't see Sand extending him past that considering they have flores, ey2 and Herrera already in the organization. 

orangeblue
orangeblue

CRUZ... give terry some useable pieces where he can get creative..

justinb
justinb

So he just came out and flat admitted that payroll is more important than winning?  At least up to this point he mildly pretended winning was important.  Winning, Talent, Payroll... If you do 1 and 2... the fans supplement 3

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

The Mets line-up is not satisfactory. They need another hitter. Tejeda should take a step back on the depth chart. As a back-up, he'll do. 

straka82
straka82

Jeez cerrone . You've become such a shill . Can't sign any players and going to war with Ruben tejada becuse they have matt Harvey and wheelers free agency in 2018??? C'mon man ..

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

So now the mets arent t signing players so they can resign wheeler 5 yrs from now. Matt give it a rest you have been bought and paid for by the mets. Hey at least they're paying someone.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@heatcoach Murphy was one of the best baserunners in baseball last season by most metrics. And a much-improved defender (though still below average).

supert
supert

@hashburry Way to spin things Sandy.  The Mets spent the 5th most this free agency thus far and are in the bottom ten in total team payroll.

petehasglu
petehasglu

@flmetsfan We now have the 6th ranked Minor league system in all of the majors. Sandy is doing what he can do. He is handcuffed by ownership.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Royals just resigned Chen payroll next yr so far 95m Mets aren't even spending like the royals

petehasglu
petehasglu

@hankincolo Daniel Murphy ranked 39th in statistical production in all of baseball. I think we would take another year like a last year in a heartbeat. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@hankincoloIf If I'm not mistaken, we ended up trading Brooks (a natural 3B to Montreal) and replaced him with a pretty good platoon (Knight and Johnson).  Brooks ended up being converted into a left fielder and had a productive career for some unremarkable Expos teams.

Think we can get a taker for Daniel Murphy? I'm sure he can play a corner infield position somewhere.  Maybe we can get the next Gary Carter back for him.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@hankincolo He's good relative to his position at 2b, but he doesn't walk nearly enough, has very little power and makes way too many outs to every be considered a very good player.  He still has his uses though when you see what other 2b are like.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@hankincoloI just hope that one year from now you aren't posting a comment that starts "2016 will be an interesting year."  Regardless of what happens this year, Harvey will still be a question mark, and the Wilpons will be happy to spend even less than $86 million.  I am getting really tired of question marks, and waiting for some "stud pitcher" to come up after his "super two" date has passed.  If Wheeler blows out his elbow, I might just pack this in, and start watching Opera.  There you already know about the drama before it unfolds.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@hankincolo There's definitely a balance here.  If the minor league system continues it's great progress, the team may be in position to trade a DeGrom / Tapia type to get a young SS or OF'er.  I want the payroll to go up like everyone else, but there's no harm in gradually going to that level.  It would be a disaster to sign Nelson Cruz and Kendry Morales to 3 year deals or something and then in 3 years we have $30M in dead money thanks to those guys being done.

mets2014
mets2014

@30yrmetfan I agree...if murphy was in their long term plans they would have bought out his arbitration years and probably his first year of free agency as they did for niese...I think murphy, parnell and gee will be dealt prior to the trade deadline, because they are getting too expensive

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Yeah then Cerrone will say he understands bec they need that money to pay nimmo

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@fedupfan13 Are you that delusional? that's not what matt said. He said that he doesn't think the mets should add a long term contract for the sake of adding a long term contract when in the future you will have to pay the wheelers and such. I.E Giving in to sign Drew to a 3 or a 4 year deal.


The team will have no issues adding a long term deal 4-5 years if it makes sense both now and down the road. this isn't sign players at will and hope that they all pan out not just in short term but long term, a la bay, santana, and so on.



flmetsfan
flmetsfan

On a minor league contract so they can pay him peanuts until there is an injury.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Why is every player that gets paid after the mets meet their budget considered overpaid or having a bloated contract or being paid just to spend money? Yeah I'm the delusional one because I've been saying for three years that the mets are broke and will keep cutting payroll. They aren't going to be behind the royals next year in payroll. And Matt isn't a Wilpon shill. None of this is true. The truth is the Mets are flush with cash, trying to put the best team possible on the field and this site is objective.