Alderson: “I would expect the roster will look similar to the way it did at the end of last year”

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expects the 2013 roster to be very similar to “the way it did at the end of last year,” saying:

“I would expect the roster will look similar to the way it did at the end of last year — with some exceptions. It’s hard to speculate. When you think about it, the trade market, signing free agents and so forth, it’s relatively young in the season. It’s hard, really, to accurately predict where things will end up. …Again, it’s hard for me to predict what exactly will happen. But we’re not going to spend the money in mid-December just because we have it. We may spend it in January. We may spend it at some other time. We may not spend it. But the important thing is we have the flexibility to make a baseball decision about that rather than be constrained by sort of an artificial financial limitation.”

I understand that the free agent market is not very appealing and I realize it is only December.  And so, no matter what the GM says today, a lot can happen between now and the start of the 2013 season. It is nice to finally hear the Mets have financial flexibility and are not hindered by “an artificial financial limitation,” as Alderson called it. But, at the same time, reading comments like the one above are very frustrating.  I came into the off-season expecting change.  Maybe that had something to do with Alderson’s comments on the Mike Francesa show on the last day of the season.

Anthony J. Causi / New York Post

“We need an infusion of players, productive players,” Alderson told Francesa.  “I think we will take a step back and take a broader look at things.  …After having watched this team for a couple of years. Maybe it’s time to make some moves.”

That interview actually had me pumped for this off-season.  I truly believed that Alderson and Metsexcutives were going to give this roster a make-over. Hopefully, the Mets GM is bluffing and does not want to show his hand this early in the off-season process. While I doubt that is the case, I truly hope it is.  Because I am ready for this franchise to turn the corner. I am ready for the Mets to become a perennial contender.  I am tired of the team I love being the butt of the joke.  I want take my son to a game in October and see his face as he experiences a playoff game in Queens. There are many fans out there who express the same sentiment. I know I am not the only one whose frustration are nearing its limit.  That said, I didn’t expect any of this to happen in 2013, the optimist in me was hoping for a roster turn over and the belief of, “Ya never know.”   But Alderson’s comments put a damper on my optimistic thoughts and all but confirm that winning in Queens is still years away. And, that sucks…

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