Mets still considering options in GM search

Alderson shares latest on staff openings, talks starting pitchers

November 11th, 2021

The Mets have been quiet at the General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif., this week, although reports indicated that former Nationals assistant GM Adam Cromie is the leading candidate to become New York's GM.

Mets president Sandy Alderson declined to comment on the report, but he said no one has been offered the job and there is more than one person being considered.

“I don’t have any expectations on the timing. We are still going through the process,” Alderson told reporters. “Nothing has really changed. There are still a lot of considerations on the table. When the process is complete, you will be among the first to know.”

While hiring a GM is their first priority, the Mets are also still in need of a manager to replace Luis Rojas, whose contract option for the 2022 season was declined. Alderson said he is looking for a person who has leadership qualities and confidence between the lines.

“Leadership is the most important thing, making sure we have somebody who can keep players motivated for 180 days or so,” Alderson said.

The Mets are looking to acquire starting pitching. It’s not known if right-hander Jacob deGrom will be ready for the start of the 2022 season. He missed the second half of '21 because of a right forearm injury.

“We have a number of pitchers in the rotation who are question marks. Do I expect Jacob to be 100 percent? Yes,” Alderson said.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman is a free agent, and the team has interest in re-signing him. He was solid this past season, leading the Mets with 10 wins and posting a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts.

“We’ll see. He pitched really well for us this year, “ Alderson said.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who missed nearly two years because of Tommy John surgery, was given a qualifying offer, but it’s not known if he will accept it or become a free agent.

“He is coming off two years of not performing. He seems to be fully healthy at this point,” Alderson said. “There is still going to be issues about him until he is on the mound for a consistent period of time.”

Alderson talked about free agent second baseman Javier Báez, who left a positive impression on the Mets after he was acquired from the Cubs on July 30. Báez hit .299 with a .371 on-base percentage in 47 games for New York. Alderson sounded like a man who wants Báez to re-sign with the team.

“I thought he played exceptionally well. He is a multi-talented player,” Alderson said. “I think he would fit in well in New York. Nothing seems to faze him, as far as the size of the stage. He can help the team in a number of different ways. He is an entertaining player.”

Alderson also discussed infielder Robinson Canó, who received a 162-game suspension on Nov. 18, 2020, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and did not play for the Mets in '21.

Alderson doesn’t know how the 39-year-old Canó, who has two years remaining on his contract, will fit in next season.

“He could be at second base. He could be at third," Alderson said. "We just have to see."