“We’re pretty much there,” Sandy Alderson told the New York Post about his roster going in to spring training. “I don’t see what’s out there filling our specific needs.”
In regards to whether his players will feel dejected or intimidated by how the Marlins, Nationals, Braves and Phillies improved this off season, while the Mets did very little to improve the roster, Alderson told the Post:
“There are unanswered questions on every team. It’s very important that they not be discouraged and they shouldn’t be. Some teams improved themselves on paper, like the Marlins and maybe Washington, but we can’t let that affect us. … It’s important guys have the right attitude. I think they do and we’ll convey that to them.”
Yes, the Nationals added Edwin Jackson, Brad Lidge and Rick Ankiel, among others, but it’s not like they succeeded in snagging Prince Fielder or CJ Wilson. (Update: As ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin pointed out on Twitter, the Nationals also added Gio Gonzalez, which is a significant acquisition). Still, much of Washington’s potential is in their young players coming up and staying healthy and from guys already on the roster.
And so, I just can’t buy the misleading talking point that every other team got better and the Mets did nothing. I like the additions the Mets made to the bullpen, which are on par with additions made by the Nationals, both of which are more than what the Phillies and Braves did to their rosters. The Marlins clearly went above and beyond every one else, spending close to $50 million more dollars on this year’s roster adding Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, among others. They should be better, no doubt about it.
To read other quotes from Alderson, as well as from RA Dickey, on the roster and upcoming season, check out this report in the New York Post.