LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA — Could the Mets be waiting for the post-holiday sales on the free agent reliever market? That is what a few agents around the annual MLB Winter Meetings said on Monday and what Sandy Alderson seems to be hinting at when the Mets GM said he is looking for “value” and was not going to jump into the “inferno” of the reliever market Sunday night.
As the rest of baseball is ready for the reliever market to move quickly in the next few days, Alderson said the Mets are trying not to get caught up in an overheated market at the meetings.
“The meetings are helpful. It’s not just availability or meeting face to face, it’s sometimes the urgency that one side or another feels about what needs to be accomplished in this time frame,” Alderson said. “I think sometimes that’s what you have to guard against, feeling unnecessary unwarranted pressure to do something in this time frame. The environment is conducive to it. I think to some extent you have to divorce yourself from that and maintain a strategy that may extend you beyond these meetings.”
A team source confirmed they have inquired about free agent Steve Cishek, a former Mariners and Marlins closer. They also reached out to the Rays about closer Alex Colome, who is receiving heavy interest from the Cardinals also.
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Last winter, Alderson held off filling out his bullpen until late in the offseason when he re-signed left Jerry Blevins and right-hander Fernando Salas just before spring training. This winter, however, the bullpen is even more of an important focus for Alderson and all of baseball.
“Bullpens have become increasingly important because of industry trends as well as our own particular situation,” Alderson said. “We want to have enough depth to be able to approach our pitching staff in its entirety with a view towards trends, not so much governed by trends, but governed by the reality of success and failure as a pitching staff.”
Last season, the failure of the Mets pitching staff was devastating and the hopes of their 2018 team is still built on a foundation of strong pitching. It was a factor in the Mets hiring former Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway as a first-time manager and also changing pitching coaches.
MLB CHARITY AUCTION
Dinner with SNY Announcers Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez in the Mets Press Dining Room at Citi Field before a Mets game and a tour of the SNY studios in Manhattan and meet pre-game hosts Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa is one of the cool experiences being auctioned off by MLB during the Winter Meetings for it’s annual charity auctions.
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This year’s auction is in memory of long-time MLB executive Katy Feeney, who passed away on Opening Day 2017.
The other items up for bid for Mets fans is a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a mutually agreed upon Mets game, or deliver the lineup card to home plate with Mickey Callaway, sit in on his pre-game and postgame press conferences and watch the game from the press box with the PR staff. You can bid on a chance to take a 45-minute tour of the Mets Hall of Fame with John Franco and Mookie Wilson. The package includes four tickets to a Mets game.
The Auction Website to Bid is MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction
The funds raised from the auction will benefit the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to a female student at the University of San Francisco who is looking to pursue a career in Sports Management.
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