On the Mets GM thoughts on the outfield right now (6:57 mark):
“The outfield is not a strength. At this point. There is no question about that. There is a need I think for an upgrade at virtually every one of those positions. Some of it could come internally. We may see Lucas Duda substantially improve defensively and offensively. …We’re looking at him (Duda) in Left. Centerfield right now is probably Nieuwenhuis and a player we obtained from the A’s Collin Cowgill. …And then right field we got a couple of people there but nobody that would be a headliner for us at this point.”
On how the Mets GM would describe Collin Cowgill (7:40 mark):
“Sort of a hard nosed dirt player. A little bit of speed. Should be very good defensively. Hits left handed pitching pretty well. I think he is kind of an under the radar addition.”
On the speculation about Scott Hairston (8:26 mark):
“Money is always an issue I wouldn’t deny that 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 the dynamic is that in order for us to sign Scott we want to be able to commit a certain amount of playing time. And this is where you sort of balance two or three things going on at the same time. If one or two other things were to happen it might affect his playing time so it’s not just about the money it’s also about playing time and what we can readily commit to Scott.”
On how the Mets GM feels about the bullpen (16:53 mark):
“Well let’s say uneasy. There’s some positives. We got a lot more young guys who are candidates for the pen this year than we’ve had certainly in the last couple of years. Which means we are not going to get locked into some low ceiling stop gap possibilities or fewer of those anyways. If guys are not performing we want to be in a position to move them out. And at the same time we think we got some talented young guys who are sort of on the cusp.”
On the Mets GM thoughts on Brian Wilson (18:19 mark):
“Given where he is in his rehabilitation I think we liked what we saw but the day we were there he only threw 20 pitches. So, he threw 20 pitches and there was no real issue about velocity it wasn’t there. So he’s got a ways to go.”
Finally I should say that though I label this series of “Alderson vs Francesa” posts as this being #10 it is the 10th post I have published but Francesa & Alderson have done in total 17 interviews by my count.
You can listen to the entire interview below.