âIt could change the circumstances in terms of which group of people we decide to contact, which could be somewhat different from what existed last year,â Alderson said. âI am optimistic that we will end up in the right place. How exactly we get there and with whom is up for grabs. “
In the meantime, that could also let Alderson preside over the start of free agency. The market opens five days after the World Series ends, and the Mets have critical decisions to make about several of their top players who can become free agents, including infielder Javier BÃ¡ez, outfielder Michael Conforto and pitchers Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Loup. and Jeurys Familia.
âA lot of decisions are driven by the baseball schedule,â said Alderson.
Alderson also said he expects deGrom to be ready to resume a normal workload next year. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA in the first half, but has not pitched since July 7 due to a healed right elbow injury, according to the ‘team.
Rojas said the right-hander has been feeling good in two recent bullpen sessions before he and the club agreed this week that it made no sense for him to pitch another game this season.
âAt the moment we are very confident with the condition of his elbow and the fact that he was able to increase not at full power but very close,â said Alderson. “As we move into the offseason I think we’re as confident in him as ever and expect him to be full out when spring training begins.”