PORT ST. LUCIE – Not to mention that the Mets have finished adding players for the season, acting general manager Zack Scott on Monday indicated that the team has come to terms.
“I feel really good for the list as it is now,” Scott said after the Mets team’s early start. “I think we’re pretty settled with the 40-year-old man. We could have some other type of offer without a roster and there could be some other opportunities that come up during the spring, but I feel really good for the group that we have here now. . “
It’s a group that includes starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, who signed a two-year deal with the club over the weekend. Albert Almora Jr., Kevin Pillar and Jonathan Villar were other pieces of depth that have come up in recent weeks. The Mets ’big splash came first in the winter, with the addition of Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, James McCann and Trevor May, after Marcus Stroman returned on a qualifying offer.
Asked specifically about the bullpen, which only added May and Aaron Loup on the major leagues affair (and lost a major potential piece with Seth Lugo’s elbow surgery that prevented him from throwing up until at least April), Scott said he was happy.
“I like what we have now,” Scott said. “I think there are guys who probably didn’t have the seasons they wanted to have last year, but I expect nice things from them this year. There’s a bunch of big arms out there in this bullpen so I’m excited for the guys we have. ”
Scott also said the Mets are placed at third base.
“JD Davis is a really strong player for our organization,” Scott said. “We have a certain versatility with some of the other guys we’ve brought here, so I feel really good.”
Dominic Smith, Carlos Carrasco and two other players (who manager Luis Rojas did not name) were absent from the first training session due to no injuries. Rojas indicated that the expectation is that the players will start training at the end of the week.
Rojas, Scott and team president Sandy Alderson spoke to players about a Zoom call before training.
“We talked about how talented we are and recognizing that, but being aware that we won’t do it alone,” Rojas said. “We need to work hard to get to the point where we will be that contender. We will be that team that comes out with a winning mentality.”