Some Highlights from the interview.
- Alderson said Dan Warthen has made the argument in some conversations that a bigger ballpark allows your pitching staff to get a little bit lazy and develop the kind of bad habits that a pitcher can get away in a big ballpark like Citifield that a pitcher can’t get away with on the road.
- Alderson said bringing the fences in makes defense less significant than it would otherwise be. Not that it’s insignificant but less ground to cover defense becomes a little bit better to manage.
- Praised Lucas Duda and hinted maybe Right Field is not where he will ultimately play but with the kind of bat he has and the kind of power he has they got to find a spot for him.
- Alderson said he will be spending most of his effort come October 1st on resigning Reyes while adding he is not sure if it will get done in October or even November giving the way these things sometime develop but they will give it their best shot and hope he’ll be back.
- He expects Reyes to test free agency saying it’s typical for a free agent at this stage to see what is in the market.
- Alderson said he has a pretty good idea what he has to work with payroll wise and he expects the Mets payroll will be in the $110M range.
- Noted they have some excellent pitching coming in the system but he wouldn’t go so far as to say that they are going to be able to help the Mets in the rotation next year.
- Alderson said regarding the rotation that they may look outside the organization as they did last year with Capuano and Chris Young while also noting there is room for improvement or the bounce back possibility and used as an example guys like Pelfrey.
- Doesn’t think they will try Pelfrey out as a closer.