Entering the 2014 MLB season, the New York Mets’ $89 million payroll ranked 22nd in the big leagues, and more than $100 million less than their cross-city rivals, the New York Yankees. Despite the team’s recent frugality, though, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets, currently 5 1/2 games back of first in the NL East at 31-38, may look to open their wallets and add talent ahead of next month’s trade deadline.
“We’ve already taken a look at what we think might be available,” Alderson told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio. “Now, the issue currently is there aren’t many teams that look to be sellers as of [now]. But certainly, if we’re close, if we’re in it at the trade deadline, that is definitely something that we have the capacity to do.”
That said, Alderson won’t sell the farm just to make a run at the postseason this year.
“Obviously, it’s about finding the right guy,” Alderson said, “and while it wouldn’t be necessarily as a rental – we’d look to have somebody that’s controllable over a longer period of time – we also have to look at the cost in terms of prospects. Not in terms of cash, necessarily, [but] just to make sure we’re comfortable with what we have to give up.”
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