Even though the Mets are going through a rough stretch right now, losing four of their last five to both the Nationals and Yankees, Sandy Alderson still expects his team to outperform the expectations set by the analysts at the start of the season. The New York general manager answered fan questions at the Chatting Cage, and he revealed that the Amazins could potentially be buyers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline July 31st, and spending would not really be an issue. That has to be music to Mets fans ears.
To read the transcript of this chat, click here. However, there were a few areas where Alderson’s answers surprised me a little bit…for the better. A fan asked if the Mets would get any help before the All-Star break, but Sandy said any moves that the Mets could look to make will happen after the mid-summer classic and before the trade deadline. He was also not opposed to making a deal for a superstar, but will be wise to the dollars and prospects that it would involve to make sure the team isn’t put in a compromising situation for the future.
There were three things that came out of Alderson’s mouth that were encouraging in my eyes. One was the fact that he expects this team to continue playing at the level they are currently at and be in a position to contend for a playoff spot. So, that leads me to believe that if Ike Davis doesn’t kick it into high gear and/or Jason Bay doesn’t contribute to the lineup in a timely manner (neither of which are happening right now), there will not be any hesitation to make sure the right players are out on the field to keep this team winning.
The second encouraging thing that I heard from Alderson was his willingness to spend some money to fill the team’s needs. These last
couple of years have been some tough ones financially for the Wilpons and the Mets; that is well-documented. After chopping $50 million off the payroll, it didn’t seem as if New York would be spending big bucks anytime soon. Now that the Bernie Madoff fiasco is mostly behind the organization, there looks to be more financial flexibility again, partly thanks to Alderson’s fiscally responsible decisions over the past two years.
The last thing that I loved hearing Sandy talk about was the David Wright contract situation. He wasn’t even asked a question related to Wright, and still brought up the fact that the organization will unfortunately have to wait until the off-season to start negotiating an extension for their franchise third baseman. He definitely wants to make sure Wright is a Met for the long term. Obviously, he’d rather lock him up now before his value potentially rises and they have to commit more money to him, but I’m not worried about that. Either way, he wants to keep him in the Orange and Blue, and that’s good enough for me.
This question and answer session was one that every Mets fan should take a look at because our team is back on the rise a lot quicker than we imagined. Not only is this team playing great baseball (for the most part), we will be seeing Alderson handing out some money to players. The biggest difference is that he’s not going to be throwing money at anyone, but at players that deserve it and can help the Mets keep putting wins on the board. It’s an exciting time to be a Met fan…sounds weird when you hear me say that, right? Well, as Johan Santana said after his no hitter, “Believe it, amigo.”