NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The General Managers Meetings are under way, so what do Sandy Alderson and company plan to do in Indian Wells over the next three days?
Most likely not much in the way of acquisitions, as most teams don’t make player personnel moves at the GM meetings.
But if Alderson does decide to pull the trigger, it will more likely be via trade than free agency.
It’s well documented that the Amazin’s don’t have a lot of money to spend this offseason — not with nearly half of their payroll going to Johan Santana and the recently-departed Jason Bay next season — but there could still be plenty of turnover this offseason.
And while decision-making and action may not be around the corner, the next few days will give Alderson a chance to speak with other general managers, propose and exchange ideas, and get a feel for what the trade market has to offer.
Right-handed starter Matt Harvey — who was brilliant for the Mets in his rookie season — and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler are untouchables, a club source told the New York Post. But every other player on the roster could potentially be dealt, the newspaper reported.
At the moment, superstars David Wright and R.A. Dickey are part of the latter group of players, as the Mets have yet to sign the third baseman and starting pitcher to contract extensions.
Alderson is expected to inquire about Arizona’s Justin Upton, Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury and Washington’s Michael Morse, according to the New York Post, and he may also look into acquiring a catcher, such as White Sox backup Tyler Flowers.
Young left-hander Jon Niese and power-hitting first baseman Ike Davis would likely bring back much in return, but the Mets aren’t likely to part with either homegrown player.
Should Harvey and Wheeler be the only untouchables in the organization? Are there any other players that should be added to that list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…