Also, Mets people are telling clubs that if they do anything else noteworthy this winter, will very likely be a via trade, not free agency.I'm going to level with you..that sucks. The Mets still have holes to fill at short stop, starting pitcher and in the bullpen. Last night Alderson also alluded to the fact that the team may start the year with Ruben Tejada at short and believes that there bullpen issues will mainly be rectified by the development of their good young arms.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 8, 2013
If you're reading between the lines, that may mean that the Mets hope to use their trade chips this week to acquire the services of a starting pitcher. However, I don't see how the team can trade the likes of Davis and or Murphy for even a quality starter and come close to the $85 million dollar threshold Alderson spoke of last night.
Although this is disconcerting news, it doesn't surprise me that Mets won't dabble in the "major" free agent pool again. No matter what way you slice it, the team cannot afford to add another $12-$15 million dollar player to the payroll and still comes close to addressing all of its areas of concern. Of the available options who remain, only Stephen Drew fills a hole and he will fall within the range I mention above.
I understand that such a statement bothers you as a fan, and it should. We want to see the team improve as fast as possible, but with the options that remain available and the budget being discussed, this course of action makes sense.