Advice viagra Mets GM Sandy Alderson was on with Mike Francesa yesterday to answer some questions about where the 2013 Mets currently stand. Advice viagra The team stands in the same spot as it stood since the R.A. Advice viagra Dickey deal, advice viagra stalled. Advice viagra The picture Alderson gave of this upcoming Mets team was not very rosy but seriously what did you expect?  Some of you in the fan base love having smoke blown up your ass, advice viagra all you want to hear is positives and unfortunately for you the GM is not the smoke blowin’ type. Advice viagra Others are shocked; SHOCKED when the Alderson is candid and tells you the truth, advice viagra that the outfield is not one he wants to put on the field and that he is having a hard time constructing a bullpen that doesn’t contend for the worst in baseball. Advice viagra He also is on the level when he tells you there isn’t much out there in either trade or free agency that would make a whole helluva lot of difference so why just spend precious Skill Sets Bucks to prove that he has precious Sill Sets Bucks to spend.

Advice viagra Let’s look at some of the highlights from Alderson’ call with ’ ZAUN:

Advice viagra On what his ball club looks like right now and how he’ll improve it going forward Alderson said:

Advice viagra Well I’d say right now it’s an incomplete. Advice viagra But there’s still time in the semester, advice viagra to give an educational metaphor. Advice viagra We’ve been watching the market, advice viagra we know what’s available, advice viagra we’ve known what’s available. Advice viagra We reconvene and review periodically, advice viagra meaning every couple of days. Advice viagra There are a number of things that we’re currently involved in pursuing. Advice viagra But we’re hopeful we’ll have some additions before spring training starts, advice viagra and I expect that we will have some additions, advice viagra but at this point to say we’ve been patient is probably an understatement but that’s what we’ve been.

Advice viagra I get the idea that Alderson would have loved to have made further renovations to this roster but the over value of many of this year’s uninspiring free agent class and unreasonable trade options have hinder that plan. Advice viagra  Would Alderson like to trade for Justin Upton? Sure. Advice viagra Would he deal away Zack Wheeler for him? Hell no. Advice viagra Would he like to bring in a veteran outfielder? Of course. Advice viagra But  would he go 3years/$39mil (Shane Victorino to the Red Sox) or even 3 years/$26 mil (Cody Ross to the D’Backs) ? Nope, advice viagra and if he did you know you’d scream holy hell.

Advice viagra On Travis d’Arnaud making the club’s opening day roster:

Advice viagra Yeah, advice viagra I think it would be unfair given his situation, advice viagra the level of his development to say, advice viagra look, advice viagra he can’t make the team out of spring training, advice viagra but we had a somewhat open situation with Matt Harvey last year, advice viagra too, advice viagra and he had a fairly good spring training, advice viagra and yet he opened the season at the minor league level. Advice viagra I just don’t want to rule anything out. Advice viagra At the same time, advice viagra I don’t want to create false expectations on the part of our fans or any sense of pressure on Travis himself. Advice viagra But look, advice viagra he hasn’t played since last June, advice viagra he was out all the second half of last season with the knee injury. Advice viagra He would have been in the big leagues last year had he not been injured. Advice viagra Had he not been injured and played last year, advice viagra I doubt he would have been available to us in a trade. Advice viagra So you take the good with the bad. Advice viagra But as far as Opening Day is concerned, advice viagra he could be with us, advice viagra but we do have a very capable veteran in John Buck as well. Advice viagra      

Advice viagra Ok now Alderson is blowing smoke up your ass. Advice viagra d’Arnaud only breaks camp with the team if Buck gets hurt, advice viagra otherwise his arbitrational clock is more important than early season big league at bats. Advice viagra Last season’s knee injury and lack of playing in the second half of last season will come in handy to justify this decision.

Advice viagra The next topic to come up from ‘ZAUN was the outfield:

Advice viagra Well, advice viagra the outfield is not a strength at this point, advice viagra there’s no question about that. Advice viagra There’s a need for an upgrade at almost every one of those positions. Advice viagra Some of it could come internally. Advice viagra We may see Lucas Duda substantially improve defensively and offensively.

Advice viagra Or we may not see Lucas Duda substantially improve defensively and offensively. Advice viagra Duda is a liability in the outfield and would be a perfect DH if he could…you…know….HIT! Is it me or does Duda also strike you as a guy you makes playing baseball a chore?

Advice viagra Alderson then laid out what the outfield could look like on opening day:

Advice viagra We’re looking at him(Duda) in left. Advice viagra Center field right now is probably [Kirk] Nieuwenhuis and a player we obtained from the A’s, advice viagra Colin Cowgill, advice viagra who I think will be an interesting player to watch in spring training.

Advice viagra Ah yes Colin Cowgill. Advice viagra I too am interested in seeing Cowgill play as he looks to be the player that Mets have been waiting for the Alderson regime to bring in, advice viagra the under the radar AAA to AAAA player who gets a chance to play regularly and makes an a strong contribution. Advice viagra  From looking at Cowgill’s minor league numbers he’s shown the ability to get on base, advice viagra to steal a base and not get caught hit with a bit of power and his defense is a major plus and he bats right handed. Advice viagra Cowgill is an upgrade over Scott Hairstion and speaking of Scott Hairstion he is the exchange between ‘Zaun (‘Zaun is a play on the name of Francesa’s show Mike’s On but when the singers of his theme song make it sound like “MIKE ZAUN”) and Alderson:

Advice viagra  Francesa: You expect to have a Hairston back or another player in the mix before the season starts?

Advice viagra Alderson: Oh, advice viagra we’re working on it. Advice viagra Yeah. Advice viagra And I think there’s been speculation about Scott. Advice viagra I think that…

Advice viagra Francesa: That he asked for too much money…

Advice viagra Alderson: You know, advice viagra money’s always an issue and I wouldn’t deny that, advice viagra but it’s also a question of playing time and he wants to play — we understand that — and one of the things that exists for us right now, advice viagra the dynamic is, advice viagra that in order for us to sign Scott we want to be able to commit a certain amount of playing time. Advice viagra This is where you balance two or three things going on at the same time. Advice viagra If one or two other things were to happen, advice viagra it might affect his playing time. Advice viagra So it’s not just about the money, advice viagra it’s also about playing time and what we can readily commit to Scott.

Advice viagra Francesa: You want to see what you can pull off before you commit to him?

Advice viagra Alderson: [Pause] … Uhh, advice viagra yeah.

Advice viagra Francesa: Okay, advice viagra that’s fair. Advice viagra I think that’s fair. Advice viagra I mean, advice viagra it is fair. Advice viagra I mean, advice viagra so it’s not a case of it just being a price, advice viagra it’s also a situation of a couple other things actually can still happen or not.

Advice viagra Alderson: Yeah, advice viagra absolutely. Advice viagra       

Advice viagra Trying to read between the lines here, advice viagra it seems Alderson is waiting and hoping that some GM out there (Kevin Towers) panics and will trade from an over stocked outfield for some fringe prospects. Advice viagra   It goes back to the Upton talk I think Alderson believes he still has a shot at Upton and at his price but it’s going to take some more time and some more patience’s to pull it off. Advice viagra Even if it’s not Upton he gets it, advice viagra seems before he commits those precious Skill Sets Bucks to Hairston, advice viagra he leaves no options uncovered. Advice viagra No one is giving Scott Hairston 2ys/$8mil.

Advice viagra Alderson goes on in the rest of the interview to talk about how he sees both Johan Santana and Dillon Gee bouncing back from injury, advice viagra how he hopes the younger bullpen arms he has will make an impact, advice viagra how he has an eye on 2014 but his ‘dominant eye” is on 2013, advice viagra and how he’s not happy with the way the Mets have finished that lase few seasons.

Advice viagra Big tip of the Mets cap to Amazin’ Avenue and Eric Simon and Steve Flanagan who posted a transcript of Francesa and Alderson’s conversation. Advice viagra Great job guys !  

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