Recap: Sandy on K-Rod, closer market, long-term deals

Tonight on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, Sandy Alderson talked to Kevin Burkhardt and had the following to say about:

The market for closers, and where he stands:

“We have been watching and waiting, but I wouldn’t say we intend to continue to do that. I think you watch and wait to try and assess a situation and act accordingly. It might involve more waiting. It might involve moving in one direction or another. We’ve done plenty of watching and waiting. If we can move in a particular direction, we might do that.”

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Matthew Cerrone: Wow, that is a Bill Belichik, Bill Parcells-type intentional non-answer if ever there was one. I mean, re-read it, just for fun… bring a map with you so you don’t get lost. I guess what he’s saying is the time to finally act is now, but the route it takes to get there is hilarious. I love it. Well done, Sandy.

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Later in the interview, Alderson had the following to say about:

Whether or not he could see Francisco Rodriguez re-signing with the Mets:

“Yeah I think there’s a situation that could arise. I don’t expect it to happen, but given some of the things we’re trying to retain, which is flexibility as well as moving some money around to address a number of different needs. But I could see a situation, if it got to the point where there weren’t enough places for some of these closers to land, whether it’s Frankie or someone else at the top echeleon, I think it’s a possibility.”

 

Whether he’s narrowed down the possibilities for a closer:

“We’re trying to narrow it down. It’s difficult to narrow things down when there are other competitors seeking the same player. You have to almost necessarily keep a broader view and keep a number of different alternatives in mind. But, certainly we’ve prioritized some of these guys, given what we’re trying to accomplish.”

If the team can be in on someone like Mark Buehrle or C.J. Wilson:

“We could be, if we decided to pile all our money up and move it to one share. But, I don’t think we’re going to do that. The other things that’s involved here is not just the amount of money involved for 2012; it’s the obligation we would incur going forward. For us to say ‘we want payroll flexibility’ and then to turn around and sign someone for a three or four year deal would probably not be consistent with what we’re trying to achieve.”

If he’d be able to sign a closer for more money in a shorter term contract:

“Not only able, but more importantly willing to do something like that. Again, a two-year deal doesn’t really compromise you long-term. But I think it’s willingness at this point.”

Whether or not he’d consider trading top prospects for players who could help the team now:

“It’s a possibility. You’re talking about a range or a band of experience from just below the major leagues to just above the entry level. It’s possible, but we’re going to be very careful with the top end of the system. We all know who those players are. They aren’t going anywhere.”

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SNY’s Mets Hot Stove will air live tomorrow from the Winter Meetings at 6:30 PM ET.