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NFT: Mets coule pursue Otano

CMicks3110 : 11/14/2017 10:12 pm
The other wild card in the equation is Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The former Marine and longtime executive has a reputation for discipline, but those who have worked with him insist he also has a showman’s side.

I would have said we had no shot if not for Otani signing with CAA. Mets have a GREAT relationship with that guy Brody Van Wagenan - ( New Window )
B in ALB : 11/14/2017 10:22 pm : link
Otano is pretty good I guess. Never heard of him until now. But if the Mets coule pursue a guy like Otano, sign him up, fit him into that juggernaut lineup...shit, more power to em.

Probly come in at least fourth in the NL East.
Ah man... we had a hot stove thread going...  
ZGiants98 : 11/14/2017 10:25 pm : link
Sandy connected to Lorenzo Cain, Joe Smith, and Otani tonight. And then there is this...

@Jim_BowdenSXM: John Ricco #Mets Asst GM made it clear with us tonight that the Mets will be players on some of the big free agents…
Of course they are..  
Modus Operandi : 11/15/2017 2:16 am : link
For about a NY minute. Until they remember that they've got a $20 budget, with $18.50 already committed.

Then we all wake up.
They are just telling fans what they want to hear...nothing more,  
PhiPsi125 : 11/15/2017 7:16 am : link
nothing less. This is the Mets MO. Lie to the fans.
So are teams permitted to blow past there cap still  
bhill410 : 11/15/2017 7:44 am : link
Or was that addressed in the last cba? If they aren’t how exactly are the Mets going to be able to afford this guy with no budget left. Also what is wrong with this guy just in general, the fact he isn’t waiting a measly year is going to cost him around 100 million over his first six years. It’s fiscally insane that he would press to come over this winter, I have never seen anything like it
Sandy Alderson  
gmenatlarge : 11/15/2017 7:52 am : link
has been a dismal failure yet he remains in his job and will bring in exactly nobody of substance. Largely due to the Wilpon/Madoff budget he hasn't had a lot of funding.
TyreeHelmet : 11/15/2017 8:01 am : link
I still don't understand why the Mets operate like a small market team. Tickets have to be some of the highest priced in the country. I'm sure they make a killing off NYC sponsorships. The money flow is there. Why can't they have a top 10 payroll? So sick of constantly hearing about budget restraints.

Aside from Cespedes and Wright, what major contracts have they given out?
I have been through this dog and pony show before with the Mets  
debo_GIANTS : 11/15/2017 8:32 am : link
Get us all excited about a couple big name free agents, meanwhile I got the guy from ticket sales calling me up about my 2018 package.

cmon man!
I read financially  
pjcas18 : 11/15/2017 9:03 am : link
due to INTL free agency spending budgets that I admittedly do not understand there are 4 (?) teams that have a distinct advantage in being able to offer significantly more in contract $$$ than everyone else and the Mets are not one of them.
Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox  
averagejoe : 11/15/2017 9:54 am : link
will get first shot as always. Would be shocked if he signed anywhere else. Yanks need a starter and a DH but will certainly not guarantee him 400 AB's not knowing if he will hit. Looking at the Yanks future he would be an idiot to sign elsewhere.
Also, not to pile on like B in ALB but addition to Otano  
pjcas18 : 11/15/2017 10:01 am : link
there is a report the Mets are pursuing Drew Stanton.
Yea this seems like "why not go for it"  
Eric on Li : 11/15/2017 10:06 am : link
it seems like they are intensely focused on BP so that probably happens first with someone who Callaway likes (Shaw? Joe Smith?).

Ricco says they are going to be in on "the top FA", but who knows when those guys sign. I also expect when they say "top" they don't mean Hosmer, Darvish, Wade Davis but rather Santana, Bruce, Cain types. I'd be surprised if they don't add 1 such player in the $15M aav range.

They've specifically said for 2B they are looking to the trade market so that probably won't happen until the winter meetings. Gordon and Kinsler are the 2 most interesting names to me.
They will call but wont sign  
spike : 11/15/2017 10:27 am : link
Due to insufficient funds.

Can Otani play first base?
cool the Mets can get Otano while the Yanks get Otani, who I'm pretty  
Victor in CT : 11/15/2017 11:02 am : link
sure is better :-)
Don’t get your hopes up  
Rflairr : 11/15/2017 11:58 am : link
So Cain is likely not a target  
Eric on Li : 11/15/2017 12:06 pm : link
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Sandy Alderson, before departing the GM Meetings, basically ruled out the idea of the Mets signing strictly an outfielder. Said OF/1B or strictly 1B are on the table.

Santana or Bruce seem to be the 2 most appealing options. I'm personally hoping for Santana. He makes a lot of sense if they can get him for something in the ballpark of 3 years / 50M.
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Never get your hopes up  
spike : 11/15/2017 1:11 pm : link
About the Ny Mets
Mets have zero shot for Otani.  
BC Eagles94 : 11/15/2017 1:48 pm : link
NL teams are already at a disadvantage as he wants to hit. And hitting once a week while pitching is not what he has mind. He is looking for a few times a week. So AL teams have leg up there by being able to offer DH at-bats. With that said...along with the prestige of Yankees in same city, not to mention presence of Tanaka already on the roster and Matsui also recruiting, why in the world would he ever choose the Mets? Oh, and Yanks could offer him 3 million more than Mets too. Not saying he is going to the Yankees (although I do think they are the favorite and most writers agree), but if he comes to would 100% be with Yanks and not Mets.
RE: Sandy Alderson  
Vanzetti : 11/15/2017 2:40 pm : link
In comment 13692678 gmenatlarge said:
has been a dismal failure yet he remains in his job and will bring in exactly nobody of substance. Largely due to the Wilpon/Madoff budget he hasn't had a lot of funding.

He was better when he had no funding.
Hard to say  
Metnut : 11/15/2017 2:47 pm : link
Sandy was a horrible failure IMO. He brought a pennant and a division title home to NY. That's really hard to do. To put it into perspective, the other NY team still hasn't accomplished that with its current bunch despite the solid season last year.

I think there's certainly room for improvement with the job Sandy's done, and I'd rather have a younger more proactive GM in the role, but it's hard to really kill Sandy for the job he did. I'd say "underwhelmed lately" is more accurate IMO.

I think the 2018 season will be really telling for him. Injuries WERE a legit excuse I think last year, but I'm only willing to give him a one year pass on that. If they have another bad season in 2018, I think Sandy has to be ousted given the state of the farm system.
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