After chronicling his drive from New York to Florida on Twitter, Mets GM Sandy Alderson met with the media at the team's Spring Training facility today. Let's round up the news, courtesy of ESPN New York's Adam Rubin and Andy Martino of The New York Daily News (on Twitter)...
- Alderson said any the decision to trade David Wright at the deadline will not be tied to the team's record, unlike Carlos Beltran last year. Wright's $16MM club option for 2013 - which he can void if traded - is a big reason why.
- When asked if the club could increase payroll if they're in contention, Alderson replied: "Yes, uh huh." When asked if he knew by how much, he said: "No, uh, uh."
- "The farm system is improving ... We have players that are close to having an impact on the Major League club," said the GM in a quote passed along by the team (on Twitter), but he added that prospects like Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jeurys Familia are not candidates to make the team, even as injury replacements.
- The Mets added Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez this offseason, making the Opening Day status of Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato murky. They do have minor league options remaining, however.