The Mets have reached out to Rafael Furcal, according to multiple reports. Let’s put that on the list of things I’d never thought I would write. But, there is something of note to take out of this.
This doesn’t mean that Rafael Furcal is the top priority for the Mets or that he’s their only target, as some in the social media world have alluded to. Sandy Alderson is evaluating the market. He’s putting price tags are certain assets, attempting to figure out what it’s going to cost him to bring in talent. Rafael Furcal may never get a contract offer from the Mets. Alderson will talk to a bunch of talent that he will never fax a contract over to. This is what GMs do at the start of the “hot stove”.
We are two days into this whole circus of players signing and teams talking trades. Sandy Alderson is trying to get ahead of the curve as best he can, in order to make the best signings possible. Figuring out what a guy like Furcal wants and will command can help him put figures to Peralta and Drew. And with that knowledge, Alderson can figure out what he can and cannot do this offseason (although he probably has a good idea already).
Alderson knows that Furcal can’t be his marquee signing of the off-season, he’s a smart man. But with everyone trying to be the Red Sox this winter, creativity can go a long way to improving a ball club. That’s what got the Red Sox to where they are, by creative signings and deals. Alderson is trying to do the same.
The more time Alderson waits around for the market to come to him, the worse the 2014 Mets will be. He knows this, and is trying to attack the market head on. By doing this, he can get a gauge on what he needs to do in the trade market in order to make the team better.
Rafael Furcal is just one of the pieces of the puzzle of this free agent market that Alderson needs to put together. As soon as the puzzle is complete, Alderson can get to work making the 2014 Mets better. It’s two days into the off-season; a little perspective can go a long way. Give it time and Alderson will start making moves.