NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Mets are right back where they started. Wilmer Flores appears to be the team’s starting shortstop heading into spring training.
General manager Sandy Alderson reiterated this week that he doesn’t see any major changes coming to the team despite intense speculation surrounding Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
“We have obviously not added anyone,” Alderson told the Mets’ official website. “To this point, we just haven’t found anything attractive. That’s true with respect to free agents. It’s true with respect to trade possibilities. Given all that, I think we do know a little more now than we did a few weeks ago about what’s available. And I still believe when we start spring training, we will have what we currently have.”
Alderson has said the Mets would be satisfied with Wilmer Flores (.251, six home runs, 29 RBIs) at shortstop in 2015. But the Tulowitzki rumor mill — he was linked to New York ahead of last year’s trade deadline — began churning again in mid-December when it was reported the Mets and Rockies had been discussing a trade that would send the oft-injured All-Star to Queens for a package including pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.
A deal with the Rockies has been said to be a long shot.
The 30-year-old Tulowitzki hit .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs before a torn labrum ended his season. He’s a lifetime .274 batter away from the thin air of Coors Field.
“We’ve continued to have conversations, but nothing is likely to occur,” Alderson told the New York Post. “There is currently nothing imminent. I still believe at this point that we will go into spring training with what we have at shortstop.”
Embattled infielder Ruben Tejada is also on the Mets’ roster.
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