If there were any Mets fans left who still believe this off-season was just tempered aggression, and the team may still spend freely is the time is right so they can “win the season, not the offseason,” as team president Sandy Alderson said recently…Maggie Gray may have dashed your hopes Monday morning.
Alderson met the media ahead of the team’s first spring training game on Monday, and Maggie jumped on to ask him to walk through the negotiations with George Springer that ultimately didn’t come to fruition.
The team president revealed that the Mets were comfortable going five years for Springer and not six – which is what he got, along with $150 million, from Toronto – and then gave the dagger quote:
“Had we gone there, it might preclude us from doing something in the future, like extending Michael Conforto…at some point, even Steve Cohen runs out of money,” Alderson said.
Apparently, $14 billion doesn’t go as far as it used to, as Alderson also revealed that passing on J.T. Realmuto in favor of James McCann may have helped the Mets bag their biggest fish this winter.
“Had we not pivoted to James McCann, we may not have been able to acquire Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco,” Alderson said.
Good news, though, is that Alderson says the team hopes to engage Lindor and Conforto in extension talks “relatively soon,” with Conforto getting some nice dap from the boss.
“We’ve had Conforto for many years, and not only has he become an excellent player, but also part of the leadership group within the clubhouse,” Alderson said. “He’s represented the Mets, and represented us well, for a long period of time, and we’ll make the effort to try and keep Michael with us.”
As for Lindor, extension is an option, but Sandy also kind of doubled down on the team being comfortable making that deal even if the shortstop is a one-year rental.
“We made the trade, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are guaranteed to have him long-term, but we’re committed to talking about it,” Alderson said.
Noah Syndergaard, who is a pending free agent, is also an extension candidate, as Alderson said “it would only be natural” to broach the topic with Thor.
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