GM Meetings Update: Wright, trading from strength, Wheeler, Harvey, Johan, and Hairston

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Yesterday afternoon at the GM Meetings in Indian Wells, California, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson stated, while he “would hate to give up on R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, or Dillon Gee, pitching is the clubs strengths and something the club will entertain,” according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

“Pitching is definitely our strength. For different reasons, I would hate to give up an R.A. Dickey or a Jonathon Niese or a Dillon Gee, but it is our strength and it’s something we would have to entertain. At the same time, we’re not looking to go out of our way. If there’s a place to have a strength in terms of where we are and where we want to be, starting pitching is the place to have that strength so you do have to be careful about moving it.”

Meanwhile, a club source confirmed only top pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are untouchable while all other players — including Wright and Dickey — are attainable, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, who writes:

 “Top pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are the untouchables when discussing trades with the Mets, a club source confirmed yesterday. Otherwise, anybody in the organization is available. For now, at least, David Wright and R.A. Dickey belong to the list of attainable players, as both remain unsigned beyond 2013. In the absence of contract extensions, both players could be traded this winter. A baseball official yesterday predicted Alderson will listen to trade proposals for Wright and Dickey at these meetings, while making it known he is still trying to sign both players. As of yesterday there were no indications the Mets were close to completing a new contract with either.”

While the Mets are testing the trade market during the first two days of the GM meetings, National baseball writer Nick Caldo of The Boston Globe tweets,  the Mets have had no bites on former Cy-Young Award winner Johan Santana:

No bites yet on Johan Santana but it’s early.
Nick Cafardo

In addition, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sportsline, “While no new Mets contract is close to happening with David Wright, there’s still said to be some optimism that a deal with their best player will eventually happen.”  Heyman goes on to say the following about Wright in a post to his blog:

“There’s enough progress, anyway, that no trade talks involving Wright are on the horizon, and the Mets will instead continue to talk to Wright and his representatives exclusively. There’s always been a feeling something will get done with Wright, and while talks are taking much longer than expected or predicted, that hasn’t changed.”

With regards to Wright, Alderson told reporters, “”Conversations are ongoing.”

“One of the things that we have done is we have agreed with David’s representatives that there not be a great deal of discussion publicly about where we are,” Alderson said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “So in deference to that understanding with the other side, I respectfully decline to comment. …There’s much more engagement (in comparison to Jose Reyes contract talks last season). Let’s put it that way.”

Lastly, Alderson told reporters with the club parting ways with Jason Bay, it is more likely Scott Hairston returns, saying:

“I think it helps. As I said, it gives us more flexibility and it subtracts one more candidate from our outfield. So in both ways it probably enhances Scott’s chances of coming back.”





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