Sometimes, the moves a GM chooses not to make turn into his most important during the season. Then again, it could also cause the whole season to blow up in his face.
The 28-year-old left-hander experienced elbow discomfort and gave up back-to-back RBI triples to left-handed hitters in a 13-2 loss Monday to Miami.
The notorious Met killer, who burned the Amazin’s time and time again as a member of the Phillies from 2000 up until last season, admitted that he would have joined the Mets this winter.
“We’ve been sitting around for four years asking everybody to be patient and even the players,” Collins said Saturday after the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
While the Mets plan to closely monitor Matt Harvey’s innings, Sandy Alderson says his ace right-hander could throw 200 — including the postseason — in his first year back from elbow surgery.
If there isn’t a trade, Gee could get shifted to the bullpen. He made three relief appearances in 2011, his first full season in the major leagues.
On Wednesday, while addressing season-ticket holders at Citi Field, general manager Sandy Alderson went so far as to admit that he never really considered dealing the right-hander.
“Last I checked, Fred is not the general manager. Last I checked, Jeff is not the general manager. Last I checked, Saul is not the general manager.”
If his position players don’t reward his faith, Alderson could be looking at another long year and, quite possibly, a spot on the unemployment line. And this time, it’ll be his own fault.
“We’ve got players with the potential to improve us by 10 games, which is what we need,” Alderson said.
Heck, the Mets aren’t even the second-best team in their division. The Marlins, amazingly, have surpassed them following a highly productive winter.
For a franchise in the wrong so many times over the last eight years, the Mets have picked the proper path in this one. Give them some credit.
The Mets are right back where they started. Wilmer Flores appears to be the team’s starting shortstop heading into spring training.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t the only one interested in landing the four-time All-Star.
“Cuddyer is a great signing. But believe me, when David gets healthy, that’s the difference.”