Mets GM Sandy Alderson told SNY on Tuesday that he's "very happy" with the way the team's offseason turned out.
"I think that we benefited from the slow market," Alderson said. "It allowed us to make a deal, absorb it, think about it, move on to the next thing. And it gave us plenty of time to get through six or seven acquisitions."
The Mets signed RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, OF Jay Bruce, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 3B Todd Frazier, and LHP Jason Vargas, and re-signed INF Jose Reyes.
Prior to the player moves, the Mets hired Mickey Callaway to be their new manager, hired his coaching staff, and overhauled their training staff and strength and conditioning strategy.
"I think we're happy with where we are today as opposed to where we were a few months ago at the trade deadline, when we jettisoned a few players and then needed to find a new manager as well," Alderson said.
Alderson also weighed in on the importance of knowing when to strike in free agency.
"The difficulty is not so much being patient and waiting for the market to come to us," he said. "It's knowing when the time is right to make a decision. Patience can be a virtue, but ultimately you have to make a decision at the right time."
The Mets' payroll is currently at roughly $152.6 million. Their Opening Day payroll last season was $154.4 million, per Cot's Baseball Contracts.