Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/3/12
Prior to the New York Mets season finale on Wednesday afternoon, general manager Sandy Alderson provided a state-of-the-team address to reporters and according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson told reporters he is not prepared to blow the team up and start over. His goals, however, are to continue to build through the farm system, retain core players, and add players via free agency and trade acquisitions on a “fairly judicious basis,” saying:
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“I would say over the first couple of years we’ve certainly looked to the farm system — obviously not totally successfully. We really have not, until now, been in a position to retain our core players, which is sort of the second prong of this approach. I think we’re in that place now. And then the third: We really have not been able to be involved in a significant way in the free-agent market. We certainly have brought in players on a free-agent basis, but in terms of significant acquisitions, somewhat limited. But I can foresee that changing, perhaps not immediately, but in the near term. …I think it’s possible, given what we have, that we’ll be more active in the trade market. But that’s not a given, necessarily. I really do believe some of our players are on the verge of making bigger contributions.”
As far as, specifically signing both David Wright and R.A. Dickey, Alderson told reporters:
“What we’ve said over the last couple of months is we’re going to make every effort to retain those two guys. I think we are in a position to be able to do that. Whether we are successful or not, time will tell. But we’re in a position to make a bona fide effort to do it. Those are the two big issues. Retaining our own players, as I’ve said, is one of the key tenets of the approach we’re trying to take.”
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First off, I love hearing Alderson say he will make “every effort to retain” both David Wright and R.A. Dickey.  Also, I like that the Mets will continue to build through the farm system.  When looking around the league, it is obvious this strategy works.  For us Mets fans we need to look no further than the club atop our own Division; the Washington Nationals.  Take it one step further and look at all the National League teams who will be playing October baseball this year. The Giants, Reds, Braves and Cardinals, all have a strong core of home grown players. In looking at this years list of free-agents, I do not believe there are many — if any — impact or “significant” players that can be added. And so, the most effective way to improve the roster may be via the trade market, as Sandy hinted to in his address.  Only time will tell.  One thing is for sure.  The talent level on this roster needs to improve. So let the 2012/13 off-season begin. #GoodTimes
To read more comments from Alderson, be sure to check out Rubin’s full post to his blog on ESPN New York by clicking here.
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