Mets GM Sandy Alderson, speaking generally since the deal with Jose Reyes is not official, weighed in on his potential return during an appearance on Mets Hot Stove on SNY on Thursday night.
"I think what we were looking for is some additional help in the infield positions -- third base, second base, shortstop," Alderson said. "Someone like Jose who could play all of those positions. Somebody who is prepared to take a utility role if that's what was presented. And at the same time, somebody in the clubhouse who brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the club."
"That's the type of guy we were looking for," Alderson continued. "We don't expect that that's where things will end (with acquiring players for the infield). But if that (Reyes returning) were to happen, we'd be pleased."
Alderson added that while the Mets are still looking for another infielder, the team is also seeking additional ways to improve the club.
"I think in the event something does transpire with Jose, we're still looking. Not just at that position. We're looking for ways to include the club, whether that's pitching or position players. We're going to keep our eyes open. There's still lots of time between now and Spring Training."
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Let's be real, are any Mets fans actually surprised that Jose Reyes is back on the team? I'm most certainly not. In his comments, Sandy Alderson referred to Reyes as "additional help in the infield positions." Additional help. Not our starting guy. Which is very important.
Reyes is not our go to guy. He's another resource of sorts. Again, not our starting guy. There's Amed Rosario, who will be the shortstop. There's Asdrubal Cabrera, who will be the starting third baseman or second baseman. And now the Mets need to sign someone else -- an actual starting second or third baseman to fill that starting role.
As of now the Mets are going into 2018 with almost an identical team as they had in 2017. According to Alderson, they're keeping their "eyes open." Please keep your eyes on an actual infield starter, preferably one with a good bat (cough, cough Mike Moustakas or Todd Frazier).
But, all in all, Alderson's comments do border on the promising side. The Mets aren't done. I mean, they can't be, right?
Reyes is simply an additional resource, a bench guy, there if you need him to step in or steal a base. I'm fine with this. We've learned that we can't bank on players being healthy, and Cabrera is a prime example of that after the past couple of seasons.