Sandy Alderson intends to acquire at least one more position player, but can add only an additional $10 million in salary this winter, according to sources.
By the way, as it pertains to payroll, MLB agents expect nearly every team will end up cutting payroll by at least 10 percent, which is about where the Mets will end up as well.
I keep hearing that the Mets are still open to doing something meaningful, be it trading Juan Lagares, acquiring an everyday center fielder, or freeing up money to bring in a bonafide third baseman or second baseman. However, with so few impact prospects to deal, just $10 million left to spend, only 33 days until pitchers and catchers, and still so much gridlock in the market place (see below), it's growing increasingly difficult for Alderson to knock down dominoes and make an ideal surgical strike.
This is why I think the Mets will soon end up signing a less-than $10 million per year infielder, like Howie Kendrick, declare themselves essentially done, and then shift to luring in position and pitching depth using minor-league deals.