Is A Move Imminent? Sandy Alderson, Jeff Wilpon Send Mixed Messages
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The free-agency period has only just begun, but Mets fans are getting antsy.
With plenty of money coming off the books — and general manager Sandy Alderson and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon talking big games — Mets fans want to see some action, either via free agency or trade.
And action might be coming very shortly. Or will it?
“We’ve got a couple more meetings,” Wilpon said on Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings, according to The Star-Ledger. ”And there might be hopefully something cooking later. Right now, it’s quiet. Sandy’s been in meetings all morning. He’s got a couple more meetings this afternoon. So we’ll see where we are.”
Alderson, however, indicated on Wednesday afternoon that no moves are imminent.
Stand down, folks. Hearing from a few people Mets don't see anything happening tonight. They're surprised by some FA prices at moment.—
Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) November 13, 2013
Sandy Alderson seemed geniunely surprised when told that his boss indicated the Mets were close on something.—
Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 13, 2013
New York met with an unspecified player on Tuesday night in Orlando.
“Absolutely,” Wilpon told the newspaper when he was asked if the front office has been aggressive thus far. “We went until after 11 p.m. last night, after they got back from meetings and stuff. So they met with clubs, they met with agents, they met with a player. So they’re out there, doing their thing.”
Despite saying that the Mets have money to spend, Alderson recently joked about the club’s finances and said that he will not give $100 million contracts to any players this winter.
On Wednesday, Wilpon admitted that the prices free agents are asking for are “a little scary.”
“It’s definitely a little scary,” Wilpon said, according to The Star-Ledger. “But I don’t think it dissuades anybody … We’re open for business. They’re trying to do something. OK? I’d say there’s three, four, five different balls in the air, and we’ll see which one lands first.”
Marlon Byrd, who is not one of the top-tier free agents on the market, received a two-year, $16 million deal from the Phillies on Tuesday.
Speaking of impact free agents, a source told the New York Daily News that the Mets are going hard after slugger Nelson Cruz.
Mike Puma of the New York Post, however, reported that the Amazin’s are concerned that the outfielder will end up being out of their price range.
Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball, batted .266 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs for the Rangers in 2013.
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