According to Alderson, he is not interested in making incremental changes to the roster. Instead, he would like to make significant improvements to the team over the next six months.
"We're in a very good position to do that," he said, considering that $50 million in obligations will soon be removed from the payroll. At the same time, he'll continue to develop a nucleus of a homegrown team, with an emphasis on young, power pitching.
"Better days are ahead," Alderson said.
It's fairly obvious that the plan is to develop three to four homegrown, front-line starting pitchers, and have David Wright and a 30-40 home run-caliber bat (which they don't have yet), after which they're willing to just mix and match the rest of the roster year in and year out. I think we're going to see a variety of lineups from season to season, ranging between homegrown guys and veterans, all of whom can grind out at bats. And, if those guys aren't working, new guys will come in.
The same goes for the bullpen, which is what we've seen them do this season (when they've essentially rebuilt the bullpen three times). This can work, so long as the rotation is dominant and two to three bats remain consistent... just as the Giants, Cardinals, Pirates, Red Sox, Rays, etc., all of whom have been applying (or are starting to apply) this method.
Alderson talked to Francesa for an additional 30 minutes and basically said:
- The Mets liked Eric Young Jr. for a while, having tried to acquire him at least twice in the last two seasons.
- It is time to start making final judgements on players like Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, etc.. "You can't analyze over and over. ... We're evaluating, but sometimes you just have to make changes."
- If Josh Satin ends up playing more than Ike Davis, "So be it."
- He has to be open minded about shortstop, since Tejada has never had any power, his OBP has declined and his range is not what it used to be. "He'll have to earn his way back to the MLB level."
- It is unlikely that Rafeal Montero and Noah Syndergaard will be be promoted to the big-leagues this season, mostly because of limited innings and because there is no urgent need to add either player to the 40-man roster. Jacob deGrom, though, might see some major league time in September.