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Monday, December 6, 2010

What's The Point? - Alderson Opts Out Of Winter Meetings

As Major League Baseball readies itself for the jewel of the Hot Stove League, the December winter meetings it was learned than Sandy Alderson has cancelled all plans for the Mets to be represented there. The team has cancelled all its flight reservations and hotel room accomodations.

In a hastily called bronze level press conference at Citi Field Alderson had this to say:

"In looking at our budget and considering what we might accomplish at the meetings J.P., Paul, and I decided that it would just be a waste of time and money to go all the way down to Orlando. Sure, we would enjoy the weather and the chance to rub elbows with the other front offices but in what we save on travel, hotel accommodations and scotch we could probably buy us a veteran backup catcher to platoon with Josh Thole."

Alderson continued...

"And really, our presence down there only gets up the hopes of our loyal fanbase. While other teams are inking free agents and making trades to fill holes we'd be mostly sneaking off to Disneyworld with our kids - or in my case, the grandkids - and perhaps getting in some golf. We choose to not spend the Wilpons' money on this. So we're taking a stand and just not going."

Although Alderson was not planning to take questions Kevin Burkhardt blurted one out anyway. The question was "what if someone wants to talk to you about one of your players?"

The G.M. replied, "Well, Kev. I'm not disconnecting my cell phone service, If they need to talk to us we'll be right here at our desks here in Flushing. And Kevin, I know you plan to go down to cover the meetings. If you hear of any teams looking for a gimpy slap-hitting veteran secondbaseman let them know we have one for them. Cheap."

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Today's story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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