WASHINGTON -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said team officials are undecided whether to make an offer on free-agent infielder Yulieski Gourriel.
Gourriel, who defected from Cuba and was declared a free agent by MLB earlier this month, worked out for Mets officials on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
“We’re still evaluating where we are,” Alderson said Tuesday at Nationals Park. “We had a lot of people down there yesterday to take a look. We haven’t made a decision on that yet.”
Alderson said Gourriel took two rounds of batting practice from coaches, but not from pitchers at the team’s complex because he has not been playing games in recent months. Gourriel also ran the bases and took grounders at third and second base.
“It looks like he’s probably a very good defensive third baseman and second baseman -- great hands, good arm,” Alderson said. “I don’t think those were ever issues. He took two solid rounds of batting practice and ran fairly well. It was a good workout.”
Asked about the timetable for Gourriel to sign with an organization, Alderson said: “From the agent, I think they would like it to be in the next week to two weeks. But I was also told they’ve got several other showcases to fulfill before they actually make any decisions.”
Alderson added that the recent signing of Jose Reyes will not affect the Mets’ interest in Gourriel. Reyes exclusively will play third base during his minor-league tuneup, but the Mets will begin working Reyes out at other positions once he joins the major league team.
“Jose gives us a lot of versatility and therefore a lot of flexibility,” Alderson said. “So in that sense I don’t think he precludes someone like Gourriel necessarily. Now, Gourriel could take a month to be ready. He just hasn’t played. Now he might not agree with that. He might think that it’s less.”