Sandy Alderson scrum

The Mets have ability to trade and add payroll

The Mets have strong minor league pitching depth and the ability to make an impact trade this summer, Sandy Alderson said Wednesday (NY Times, Apr. 30).

Alderson’s opening day payroll was reportedly $89 million.

“We have the authority to go higher if it’s necessary at the trade deadline,” he added. “I’m not worried about that at all.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The MLB draft is roughly one month away, after which it will not cost a compensatory draft pick to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew. The Mets and Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, talked often toward the end of the winter. Boras did most of the dialing in February and March. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers had interest, as well. Drew had reportedly still been seeking a multi-year deal as recently at the start of this season. I’m still down for giving him a two- or three-year deal, only because shortstop will continue to be an issue each of the next few seasons. And, even if someone better comes along, Drew still has value on the bench, and as a back-up third or second baseman.

In terms of trading, I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, between Dillon Gee, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have the freight to make a meaningful trade for a hitter. I don’t know what the deal looks like, but it’s possible, especially if the Mets can take on salary.




377 comments
Jason Krull
Jason Krull

That's why he didn't take a 1 mill chance on Hanrahan??? Give me a break. This is nonsense.

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

All depends as the season goes on if we have a chance at a wild card race,something might happen.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Authority from whom, Bud Selig?  Last time I heard talk like this from a GM, Omar Minaya was running the Expos under league control.

strumm
strumm

Why can't they keep their mouths shut. Action speaks louder than words...

Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres

Tulo would be a perfect fit for the right price (trade plus money on top). I'd be ok with a Montero/DeGrom for Tulo.

eric88
eric88

Every year the Mets 'can add pieces in July" but NEVER do. More Hype, that's all. They will add nothing.

eric88
eric88

We signed the wrong Abreu, the cheaper Abreu.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Haven't we heard this sort of thing for awhile? More meaningless prose from Mets management until something real happens. Until then, consider me from Missouri.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Grandy for Jose, straight up.  Salary swap.  We get a SS and alleviate the outfield situation:


Jose, Jose, Jose

Murphy

Wright

CY

Duda

Lagares

TdA

EY


If Duda has a mental lapse, replace him with Wilmer.


cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Of those mentioned, think I'd only consider trading Wheeler, Gee, TDA, maybe Flores, Montero.

eric88
eric88

Sandy does not trade for major league talent. Also, when was a significant July trade last made where the Mets got back a big piece, but we hear the same shot every year..

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Well it's good to hear but when the time comes I hope he doesn't bull crap and say "well we are not going to make a trade just to make a trade" just like he has in all of his past trade deadlines. Basically we have a need to upgrade, and honestly he better. We can use an upgrade at SS for sure.

Jonathan Heines
Jonathan Heines

Tulo fills a hole in the line up AND in the field. Done, I'd do it for sure. The fans who say our best prospects are untouchable but then want to trade 4 B level prospects for a stud hitter are idiots.

Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

With this remarkable pitching staff, they seem not to want to get any decent bats for them/us.

John Cross
John Cross

Stanton would be great, Tulo I'm not sold on. Too many injuries.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

My Mets lineup


Murphy ( Capable of 30 SB and better average/OB% )

D'arnaud

Wright

Grandy

Duda/Young ( Depending on if a righty or lefty is pitching )

Duda/Young

Lagares

Flores

Pitcher 

Sick of the  "at the deadline, if we're in contention" Bs..How about doing something prior to ensure they can stay in the hunt by then


DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

For all the hate, the lack of payroll, the broken promises and all that jazz...I've enjoyed watching this team play so far. Looks to be a lot of young studs waiting down below too.

tullydew
tullydew

Boycott Citi Field

Don't put up w/ these lies

jjulian
jjulian

After that stupid letter fiasco you would think they would be more careful with the bs. They say they can add payroll at 86 million. If they had money to spend would they have a small market payroll in the first place?

If Met ownership cared about the fans and acted like "true New Yorkers" they would do the right and honorable thing and sell the team.

drmetfan
drmetfan

@doubleday  Great idea and I would do it in a flash. But the Mets will NEVER make this deal neither would the Blue Jays.

dave42
dave42

@eric88 It is true that Sandy has not traded for major league talent, but really a) he had little to no payroll flexibility until now; and b) he had few exiting prospects until now.


By the way, you should try this Kool Aid.  Yum!

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Unless you're willing to Drew a blank check, who's available right now? Tough to get impact guys far in advance of the deadline.

brownbear7
brownbear7

What was the point of saying this?

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Victor Triguero Its kind of crazy but it also makes sense in a way.....we could also try Puello in RF if this were actually to happen

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Victor Triguero @doubleday  Jose is struggling batting .220 - needs a change of scenery.  His style is best suited for the NL.  His salary and Grandy's are about a wash.  Granderson is a great guy, but some AL players just don't click over here.  For the time being, you can play Abreu or Niewenhuis in RF, if you don't want EY.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mets2death @bleedblue4 Ok I to like Lazarus but he is no leadoff hitter. He doesn't posses the qualities it takes to leadoff. And secondly he is just coming back from injury started out hot leave him where he was let him get comfortable.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Pete Brilvitch The Most I would offer Drew is a 2 year 15 Million deal....5 or 6 million for this year and 9 or 10 million for Next year.....I'd rather a 1 yr 8.5 million deal....I hope drew doesn't expect to get a full years salary this year

eric88
eric88

Pretty good, the Wilpons after hanging on by a thread.

eric88
eric88

Makes perfect sense.

tullydew
tullydew

To hurt the Wilpons. Until they spend money why should the fans.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@doubleday @Victor Triguero Reyes is half the ball player he was when with us and is now more than twice as expensive. Do you really want to inquire that much salary to fill a need with a guy who hasn't been healthy in 3 years?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Victor Triguero @doubleday  If Abreu can still hit home runs like he did the other night, I don't have a problem with him in the sixth spot in the batting order.  In fact, his presence will make Duda a better hitter.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@anymos @bleedblue4 Two years ago he was two years younger and played in a stacked lineup. I'm showng patience, but what I believe he will hit 210 and 15-20 hr

anymos
anymos

@bleedblue4 From 2010 through 2012, Granderson had 47 HRs away and 61 at Yankee stadium.  So he's not entirely a product of hitting in the Bronx.  He also hit over 30 his last season with the Tigers.  The guy only got about 200 ABs last year because of a broken wrist and a broken pinkie and he's facing NL pitchers for the first time.  I think a little patience is in order.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mets2death @bleedblue4 lol, maybe batting him leadoff would help. Funny how fellow Mets fans cheered the Brandy signing and wanted Sandy's head for the CY signing yet to this point of the season CY even with missing some time is out producing Grandy.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mets2death I hate to say this but even G. Sizemore or Raj Davis would've been a good pick up this offseason both are leadoff hitters. I hate to say it but I'm not expecting much from Granderson. Until he learns he isn't in that ban box and stop pulling everything he won't hit over 210 and at the most 15 hr's.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mets2death @bleedblue4 True but you only lead off once a game. Even for one at bat I trust Murphy getting on more then anyone else. He is also your best hitter, and a much more obvious choice then Lazarus or D'arnaud who still haven't proven they can hit consistently in majors yet.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mets2death God I hate spell check. Your putting undue pressure on another kid who is just trying to get his feet wet. Murphy is patient, knows the strike zone, average hitter, uses the whole field doesn't hit for much power, and while not a speed guy by any means can swipe 30 bases.

brownbear7
brownbear7

Us spending money has little to do with them spending money. They are not going to "sell the team" nor will all of the fans "boycott Citi Field"