Expecting no major moves before the start of spring training next month, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson thinks his payroll-cutting team can improve on last year's 77-85 record and fourth-place finish in the NL East.
''I think our greatest avenue of improvement is internal. I think that if you look at the pitching as well as the position players, we've got great room for improvement,'' he said during a conference call Thursday. ''And I'm not talking about just the general improvement in players as they get more experience and that sort of thing.''
With their owners being sued by the trustee seeking money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Mets traded Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran during the summer, then didn't make an offer as All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes left last month for a $106 million, six-year deal with the Miami Marlins.
New York added relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, who were both introduced during the call, and acquired out...