I just finished up a conference call that Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson conducted with Mets bloggers. Here is a general overview to some of the topics that were discussed ( I hope to have a full transcript up by tomorrow).
Sandy feels his greatest accomplishment so far is the culture shift within the organization which includes player development as well as the acquisition of nice talent..
He doesn’t think this team is far away from contention.
He Likes Colin Cowgill, he hasn’t seen much on Andrew Brown and Jaimie Hoffman yet. He feels Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt VanDekker needs more time to learn. Marlon Byrd is Marlon Byrd. He feels Lucas Duda will be fine and he will not rule out Jordanny Valdespin in the outfield this season.
He feels the in the New York market it is harder to sell a long term rebuilding mode than a short term – but it is important to the that a plan is in place in regards to public perception.
In terms of Travis d’Arnauld being instructed not to block the plate he feels that a catcher has to be sensible about it and there is justification to this sentiment because the players well being has to be taken into account and that d’Arnauld injury history must be taken into account.
He feels that Cowgill, Brandon Hicks and Jaimie Hoffman are the prototypical players that he loves to have ( aggressive on the base path, some power and not prone to the strikeout).
Alderson stressed that Terry Collins will be evaluated on both the teams won/loss record as well as the improvement of the players under his watch before a decision is made to retain his services.
Explained that one of the reasons why the outfield was not upgraded is because you have to balance between the cost of the player and his value, and if it doesn’t exist then they will not pursue the transaction.Sandy stressed that sometimes it is okay to overpay but sometimes it doesn’t.
And lastly he is currently watching Downton Abby.
As I stressed earlier , I am hoping to have a more accurate transcript of this teleconference up tomorrow just in case some of my notes are flawed.