I just got off the line from the Sandy Alderson conference call to Mets bloggers.
Some of the more telling answers that Sandy gave are:
“There is alot of talent in the organization at different positions. We want outstanding pitching, we want outstanding defense” - On what kind of team he would like the organization to field.
“I am in favor of realignment – I think 15 and 15 makes sense, I believe in symmetry ” He is happy with the extra Wild Card Slot.”
Sandy is happy with the 1 game playoff .
“A 146 million dollar payroll doesn’t guarantee 3 million in attendance just like a 100 million payroll means that attendance will be low. If you look at the dead money we had last year it was much of our payroll. To improve our live gate revenue we have to field a better team but we have got to wildly outspend the revenues we have. ”
“I think we will be active ( rule 5 draft) It is a relatively inexpensive way to evaluate talent “.
” I think we will be around 100 million bucks – but we may below that to start the season so that we can have money in reserve for during the season.”
“The closer market at the top end at the bottom end in terms of cost has been robust – you can jump in or you can wait. I still believe there is a lot of supply. There a lot of high priced closers available but how many places are there right now for a high priced closer to go ? What we have to decide right now is when do you hold them and when do you fold them“ On whether the Mets will explore the trade market or free agent route for a closer
” Do I consider Reyes a franchise player – Yes – but only when he is contributing to a winning franchise and not being eyewash on a bad team.”… “We are very interested in retaining Jose”. Right now, it’s not clear where Jose’s market will be”.
Sandy wasn’t surprised by the limitations imposed on domestic and international scouting. The changes to the domestic draft will cause clubs to change their entire strategy to the draft.
We have done a lot of prep work before hand so that we can move quickly and not have to do a lot of groundwork while we’re there.” ” In regards to trades there have been discussions – some brief some longer and some took place at the winter meetings.”
To read a more encompassing transcript of this conference call go to www.metsblog.com .