“What outfield? We’re gonna bring those fences in another 150 feet.” — Sandy Alderson
This quote from the Mets GM resonated with me because of the lack of production the organization got in 2012 from players like Jason Bay, Andres Torres, and Lucas Duda. He’s obviously joking here, but I’m sure there were times when he wished there were no outfield positions to fill on a baseball diamond. Now that Bay is gone and Torres is likely to be non-tendered, that leaves Duda as the only one left, and the one with the biggest upside thanks to his power potential. Kirk Nieuwenhuis may very well be the starting center fielder come Opening Day 2013, but that still leaves right field needing to be filled, whether it be via free agency or trade.
Either way, Alderson is well aware of the Mets’ outfield issues. After the organization made significant changes to bring in the fences last winter, they’ll now need to overhaul their personnel. However, a man that can bring some humor into an otherwise serious conversation is pretty freakin’ cool. New York’s biggest source of depth is their starting pitching, which is what they’ll have to use to acquire an outfield bat through trade. R.A. Dickey has been involved in rumors, as well as Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee. Now that the GM Meetings are over, the trade market will start to take shape as we move toward the Winter Meetings at the start of December.