This will be a quick post as I just received my copy of R.A. Dickey’s book and I can’t wait to read it. So I want to get my work done early so I can get at it this afternoon.
Sandy Alderson was on with Sports Bloviator to talk about the Mets spring training and the season just one week away.
It was an interesting conversation, save for Alderson battling a bad cold and the Sports Bloviator talking over Alderson while he was answering a question, and a few things I got from listening to Alderson were:
Jason Bay is more of a problem for this team than any other player due to his untradeable contract and his inability to hit a baseball. Alderson all but put up the white flag on Bay by saying “he’s healthy and he’ll be the everyday left fielder” it will be worth watching how the club reacts to Bay if he is as unproductive at the plate as he’s was last year. If Bay announced his retirement today, Alderson would throw the retirement party to end all retirement parties
Mike Pelfrey is here only because he’s durable and for what the Mets are paying him, there weren’t any pitchers out there that can give you the quantity of innings and starts that Pelf can at the price. Now are they quality innings or starts? Not really, but it speaks to the state of pitching in baseball where a guy like Pelfrey at $5.6 mil is a bargain.
If Kirk Nieuwenhuis stayed injury free this spring I get the feeling he would have been the opening day centerfielder. Alderson seems to be a big Capt Kirk fan and he could be up and in the lineup much sooner than later.
Alderson seems to ignore the elephant in the room when talking about Jordany Valdespin, his immaturity and poor work ethic.
With the Madoff fiasco in the Sill Sets rear view mirror if the club becomes a contender for a wild card spot, Alderson made it known there will be funds to bring in reinforcements to make a run at a post season run. Yes, that’s getting wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy ahead of ourselves.
Every start by Johan Santana and the day after, will be scrutinized up, down, inside and out. The plan seems to be, get Chris Young ready to contribute by late May-early June, to give Santana more rest by going to a 6 man rotation. When pressed for innings/starts projection for Santana, Alderson couldn’t put a number on it, seems Johan will be on a start by start evaluation. We are in uncharted territory here
You can tell Alderson is very concerned with the teams defense as he said a few times there are positions (2B, RF, C ) where they are sacrificing defense for offense and he hopes it doesn’t come back to bite the team in the ass. Another big concern for Alderson is the lack of depth at the big league and Triple A level, he all but said straight out if the team is hit by injuries we’re fucked.