ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.
As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).
The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.