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Viagra users I was fortunate to be invited to a conference call last night with Sandy Alderson and my fellow Mets bloggers. Viagra users This is the second cc Alderson has done with bloggers and he seems genuinely happy to talk to us and values our input about the team. Viagra users As great as it was talking to the Mets GM, viagra users the biggest kick for me was reading all the Tweets from other baseball bloggers who were soooooooooooooo jealous that we were granted access to Alderson and reading how they wish the head of the team they root for would give the same courtesy. Viagra users Imagine that, viagra users the same wise ass’ who like to joke and make sarcastic remarks about the Mets, viagra users are envious of Mets bloggers.

Viagra users I’m slowly getting used to the frank and honest way Alderson does business, viagra users whereas in the past, viagra users I’ve always felt you had to read between the lines to find the truth out of anything coming out of Flushing , viagra users but now it seems we’re getting the straight skinny from the Mets GM.

Viagra users On the release of Castillo and Perez, viagra users Alderson said that to some extent fan sentiment was a factor in releasing both players, viagra users more so in Castillo’s case as the front office had hoped that Perez could make some kind of contribution. Viagra users Alderson felt it was only fair that the new regime look at both players first hand instead of relying on hearsay. Viagra users  

Viagra users With Emaus winning the 2nd base job, viagra users it’s clear his Rule 5 status helped him in winning the job over Justin Turner who had options. Viagra users Alderson said that Emaus would only make the team as a starting baseman and not a bench player. Viagra users  Alderson said he was happy that Emaus has come around with the bat and has shown signs of being effective turning the DP.

Viagra users My question to Alderson was about the fight for the last spot in the bullpen, viagra users but first I added a bit of editorializing:

Viagra users “Between the offseason and spring, viagra users it seems that there’s a minority in the fan base and a majority of the mainstream media that likes to dwell on the negative things that go on with the organization. Viagra users They seem not to want to talk about that the team offensively has been terrific this spring, viagra users it seems that batters have been taking to Dave Hudgens’s way of hitting, viagra users a lot of walks, viagra users a lot of doubles, viagra users and the defense has been pretty good, viagra users too, viagra users maybe very good this spring, viagra users but the big thing is the pitching. Viagra users The pitching has been outstanding this spring and hopefully it will carry over to the season. Viagra users Now you spoke about the bullpen, viagra users and you do have decisions to make. Viagra users How close is it in that seventh spot? It seems that we kind of figured the first six guys are in that pen, viagra users and that last spot, viagra users that seventh spot, viagra users seems to be the one that’s up in the air. Viagra users How are you going back and forth on that decision?”

Viagra users Here is Alderson’ reply:

Viagra users “That’s a very good question. Viagra users If you look at the guys who are competing for the last two or three spots. Viagra users You’ve got a young kid, viagra users a Rule 5 pick who is untested, viagra users who has improved, viagra users we think, viagra users greatly since the beginning of camp, viagra users at least mechanically, viagra users has shown a lot of command, viagra users has shown good velocity, viagra users and we think has real upside. Viagra users As compared to somebody like Jason Isringhausen, viagra users who is a veteran presence and not only because of what he can do on the mound but how he might influence the rest of that bullpen, viagra users is an attraction for us. Viagra users Then you’ve got a couple of guys, viagra users [Blaine] Boyer, viagra users Manny Acosta, viagra users who are very, viagra users very close in terms of overall results, viagra users but they get there in different ways. Viagra users Boyer is basically a ground ball pitcher. Viagra users Acosta has the livelier fastball and is more of a strikeout guy, viagra users maybe a little more command, viagra users but occasionally gives up a three-run homer as he did yesterday. Viagra users So not only is it a close competition, viagra users but interestingly, viagra users each of those guys represents a very different choice beyond how they perform, viagra users and that’s what we’re trying to balance right now is the desire to win, viagra users the feel-good story of somebody like Jason Isringhausen, viagra users who has also performed well, viagra users against the potential of somebody like Pedro Beato, viagra users and then the two guys that we brought in. Viagra users And we haven’t resolve those yet. Viagra users We just had a meeting today with some of the front office people here with the coaches and Terry Collins and we resolved a few things but the bullpen is still unresolved.”

Viagra users The problem is Boyer , viagra userswho has had a great spring, viagra users has an out clause in his contract to become a free agent if he doesn’t make the OD 25 man roster. Viagra users In a perfect world I believe Alderson would take Izzy north and hope Boyer doesn’t get a ML contract from another team and he signs him to a minor league deal. Viagra users The odds of that are slim.

Viagra users There were great  questions  from all who participated and to read the entire transcript check out the post Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue   put together in detail of the conference call.

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