Mets GM Sandy Alderson, whose team is 27-31 with roughly two months to go until the non-waiver trade deadline, said the possibility of an extreme rebuild is "very, very remote."
"Can circumstances change that, yes," Alderson told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY prior to Tuesday night's loss to the Orioles. "But I think that would be very, very remote. It's not something we're even considering or talking about.'"
Alderson went on to note that extreme rebuilds don't always work.
Among recent teams who have had complete teardowns, the Cubs and Astros completed rebuilds before returning to contention, the Braves are nearly done with theirs, and the White Sox are in the midst of one.
"Just because you tear it down, doesn't mean you're going to have a great rebuild. It doesn't work that way," Alderson explained. "It just doesn't."
The Mets were 24-32 a year ago today, and 48-55 last July 30, around the time they traded the majority of their veteran players. But Alderson does not foresee the same thing happening this season, noting that there can be "a temporary loss of perspective" because of the way the team is currently playing. He also cited help on the way from players returning from injuries.
Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak returned Tuesday night, with Noah Syndergaard slated to return on Sunday against the Yankees at Citi Field. Yoenis Cespedes, who hit in a simulated game on Tuesday and will run on the field on Wednesday, may not be far behind.
"I'm as optimistic at this point of the season as I've been the last couple of years," Alderson said. "We had challenges in 2016 and ended up in the playoffs. We had challenges last year, and didn't overcome them. I think this year we'll overcome them.''