Alderson pointed to the team's young core as a reason the Mets didn't add many players in the offseason. New York's only notable addition involved signing free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.
From Alderson's appearance:
"We won 79 games last year, which was an improvement over the year before, but we need to take a bigger jump next season. ... One of the reasons we’ve been fairly quiet is we’ve got players with the potential to improve us by 10 games, which is what we need. We’re comfortable going into spring training and excited, actually, to see those players and see what kind of step forward they take and whether that can translate to 10 or 12 games for us in the win column."
Starting pitchers Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee all recorded ERAs of 4.09 or below in 2014, and Colon is the only one of the five older than 28. deGrom won the National League rookie of the year award after going 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.
The Mets will also welcome back Matt Harvey, who went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 2013 but missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and top prospect Noah Syndergaard is on the verge of the major leagues.
New York went 79-83 in 2014. It was the most wins by the Mets since 2010, but they missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season. A 10-win improvement in 2015 would equate to an 89-73 record, which would've allowed the Mets to qualify as the first NL wild card last season.
Mets pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 19.
- Ben Estes