Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 1/6/12

Yesterday afternoon, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with the clubs beat reporters — via phone conference — and according to those who called in, this is what he had to say:

Sandy: Obviously our bullpen was an area of some concern last year particularly after Frankie Rodriguez departed prior to the trade deadline about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Sandy Alderson said he knew Jon Rauch beginning in 2000 when right-hander participated with Olympic team. about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Alderson said he wants backup shortstop who can step in as well as "swing" pitcher. about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Alderson said Mets doing full physicals, including internal medicine, on free-agent signings so there's longer gap from deal to announcement about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Alderson: "Basically we're looking to fill out the bench as well as the last spot in the bullpen." about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Alderson says Santana is in his normal progression for spring training, but the real questions about won't be answered until then. about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough Sandy Alderson said Ronny Paulino debacle last spring prompted upgraded physicals. He only had orthopedic physical upon signing last Dec. about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Interesting that #Mets have upped their physical standards bc of Paulino situation last yr. Physicals for FAs now include blood panel. about 17 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @AnthonyDiComo Anthony DiComo Sandy Alderson met with Chris Young in San Diego recently. "He's the kind of guy we might re-sign under the right circumstances." about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Sandy Alderson on adding more starting pitcher: Our problem is we've got 5 guys that we like, five guys that deserve to pitch in a rotation. about 17 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Alderson declines comment on minority ownership sales. MLB sources indicate nothing has closed yet, but could this month. about 17 hours ago via UberSocial for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino

In addition, Alderson said it was “fair” to assume the Mets will be unlikely to sign any additional free agents who would command more than $1.5 million, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

I think as teams get closer to spring training, there’s a greater reluctance to make a big deal because mindsets are established and expectations are created and so forth. So I would say as we get closer to spring training that it’s unlikely that you’ll see many big deals. In our case, I think most of what we do between now and spring training will be limited to free-agent signings of one sort or another. I don’t expect a big deal to transpire between now and then. I mean, something could come up, but I just don’t think in our case it’s likely. And historically it doesn’t happen all that frequently as we get into the second half of January and early February.”

 

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