NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets could make one more big splash this offseason, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday.
At the Citi Field news conference announcing the signing of slugger Jay Bruce, Alderson was asked if he has the capability of making a “significant” offer to a free agent outfielder.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Intense Manhunt Continues; Sources Say Shooter Known To Police For Illegal Vending In Area
“I think so,” he answered, according to SNY.
The Mets’ offseason additions thus far include Bruce, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and reliever Anthony Swarzak.
Their infield configuration is a bit of a mystery at the moment. Gonzalez and Dominic Smith figure to compete or platoon at first base, Amed Rosario is penciled in at shortstop, and Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to start at either second base or third base, leaving one starting spot open.
The Mets have been linked in reports to free agents Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, Neil Walker and Jose Reyes. New York also has reportedly expressed interest in disgruntled Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, although Alderson said he’d rather not address the Mets’ needs through a trade.READ MORE: Mother's Day Bliss: Moms Enjoy A Day Of Pampering, Family And Fine Foods At Various NYC Restaurants
“I think we’d prefer to sign a free agent, only because it doesn’t require us to give up talent,” he said.
Alderson also hinted he might be done upgrading the bullpen.
“Some have talked about the bullpen, how we need to add a bullpen arm,” he said. “I’m not really convinced we do. Nor are a lot of people in the organization.”
But Alderson added that he will continue “to look and see what’s available to us.”MORE NEWS: Cyberattack Prompts Major Pipeline Operator To Halt Operations; What Will It Potentially Mean For Gas Prices?
The Mets’ bullpen currently includes Swarzak, Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker and Paul Sewald.