Alderson's opening day payroll was reportedly $89 million.
“We have the authority to go higher if it’s necessary at the trade deadline,” he added. “I’m not worried about that at all.”
The MLB draft is roughly one month away, after which it will not cost a compensatory draft pick to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew. The Mets and Drew's agent, Scott Boras, talked often toward the end of the winter. Boras did most of the dialing in February and March. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers had interest, as well. Drew had reportedly still been seeking a multi-year deal as recently at the start of this season. I'm still down for giving him a two- or three-year deal, only because shortstop will continue to be an issue each of the next few seasons. And, even if someone better comes along, Drew still has value on the bench, and as a back-up third or second baseman.
In terms of trading, I've said before and I'll say it again, between Dillon Gee, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have the freight to make a meaningful trade for a hitter. I don't know what the deal looks like, but it's possible, especially if the Mets can take on salary.