New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hosted a mid-season Q&A with the media prior to the opening of a 10-game homestand.
- Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t ‘foresee’ the Mets calling up Tim Tebow in 2017
- Mets are still ‘sellers,’ but they are not rebuilding
- Mets are not trading Jacob deGrom
- Amed Rosario? The answer is the same: Not yet
While Alderson fielded a wide range of questions, the most important comment coming off his lips was this one:
“This is not a tear-down situation. This is what I believe is a sort of a pause button. We’re going to have a lot of players that are free agents at the end of the year, a lot of payroll that will become available, and so we’re not looking to rebuild.”
Regardless of what “transpires” on the field “over the next seven to 10 days,” Alderson is accessing the Mets to create long-term success. That means its likely Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and/or Lucas Duda could be moved before the July 31 trade deadline.
“We want Rosario, we want Smith to come up under the best possible circumstances, and right now, we think the best thing for both of them is to continue to play at Las Vegas until the situation here clarifies one way or the other. Either we’re back in the race and everybody’s clicking on all cylinders, or we’re not, and we make some other decisions. But right now, I just don’t think it’s the right time. I understand everybody wants to see Rosario in a Mets uniform. So do I.”
Rosario threw a unique twist on the matter, sending (and later deleting) this tweet:
Stop with the Jacob deGrom trade rumors, says Alderson. He’s not going anywhere. His name has surfaced in trade rumors over the past week, for good reason: teams are interested, the Mets are not interested in dealing him.
And, Tim Tebow? Please. No disrespect to the man, or his desire to play baseball, but Tebow was signed as a marketing and public relations attraction. He has pleasantly surprised through the first half of his first season in the professional baseball, but don’t forget: he’s hitting against Class A pitching. Remember his spring training at-bats vs. major league pitching? He was overmatched and looked foolish at times.
When asked about calling up Tebow on Friday, Alderson said: “That never crossed my mind until about 10 days ago when somebody said it was likely to happen. I don’t foresee that kind of scenario.”