What I fear will happen:
Sandy will say there was "lots of dialogue", but nothing is imminent...a few days later, this will be followed by "Well, we tried, but there was just nothing there". Mets start trying to sell us on Flores as the Opening Day SS.
Prove me wrong Sandy...sorry, an injury-prone aging OF who isn't good in the field is not a signal to Met fans that "Hey, we're ready to contend now!"
Alderson reiterated that he's "reasonably comfortable" beginning the season with Flores alongside second baseman Daniel Murphy, even though both have defensive limitations.
"We've had conversations but not extensive conversations," said Alderson, who has made no secret of the Mets' desire to trade a veteran starter before spring training. "So I think if anything's going to happen, there's still work to do, so I think those rumors are premature."
Same old Passive.
It's not even that Passive is completely wrong (the SS market isn't great right now)...it's just that even if someone WAS available at short who could help the Mets, there'd be a million excuses why Sandy couldn't bring him in.
Flores starting the season at short is a complete farce. He was considered to be a such a poor SS in the minors that the Mets moved him from the position. Exactly what has happened that Flores is now a viable candidate to be an everyday SS at the major-league level?
Oh, and there's this:
Alderson played down the notion of having Ruben Tejada compete with Flores for the shortstop job, one day after manager Terry Collins raised the possibility.
And from this article:
“I guess conceptually it’s a possibility,” Alderson said carefully. “They’ll both be there.”
Why is this scenario even being discussed as a possibility? How in God's name can Tejada be a part of the Mets' plans at all? This is the kind of player the Mets are supposed to be moving on from.
I'm sorry, and maybe it's too early to say this, but this is a team that is clearly content with taking a baby step this season. Looks like they're going to hope for the best with all of the young starting pitching, hope that David Wright has a bounceback year, hope Duda wasn't a one-year wonder and hope young guys like Lagares and d'Arnaud continue to improve. The "big" offseason move was Cuddyer...wow. Mark Reynolds might force his way into the picture with a big spring...as we well know, due to the AAA team being in Vegas, he'll probably have an eye-friendly year if he goes back there, so it'll be hard to know how good he can be until he's a full-time Met.
But this is not the kind of off-season you have if you're really serious about contending. This isn't the outright punt we've gotten used to, but it's clear that 82-86 wins or so is good enough for the Mets in 2015. Guess it's all about 2016.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 December 2014 - 07:35 AM.