GM Sandy Alderson offered insights on several topics Friday as the winter meetings approached:
(1) Alderson has no intention of signing players to extensions beyond the 2011 season -- at least before spring training. This particularly applies to Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey, who both should be free agents after next season. Alderson's reasoning is that he wants to have as much financial flexibility as possible next offseason. And he does not want to commit before seeing with his own eyes.
(2) Alderson said he would be surprised if Oliver Perez is NOT in spring training with the Mets. The primary reasons: Why eat $12 million now, before watching him in spring training, especially with how thin the Mets are in pitching? And Perez has enjoyed some success in winter ball.
(3) Jenrry Mejia and Ruben Tejada ideally will spend the bulk of 2011 at Triple-A Buffalo. Alderson does not want to repeat the previous regime's error in plugging a major league need at the expense of a player's development.
(4) Pedro Feliciano has made his last pitch as a Met. Alderson does not want to offer a multi-year deal to the reliever, so Feliciano's chances of returning all but ended when the southpaw declined arbitration Tuesday.
(5) Henry Blanco sounds like a goner too. Alderson said there has been virtually no conversation with Blanco's agent, and the only reason Blanco remains even a remote consideration is because there are so few catchers available to back up Josh Thole.
(6) Alderson has had two phone conversations with Omar Minaya and plans to have lunch with the former GM after the winter meetings to discuss if there is any compatible role for Minaya.
(7) Alderson said the non-tendering of Chris Carter was strictly baseball-related -- that he felt opening that 40-man roster spot was more valuable than retaining Carter.