Mets general manager Sandy Alderson won't be at the general manager meetings in Boca Raton, Florida this week because of a medical procedure, assistant general manager John Ricco told the media on Monday. Ricco added that the procedure was scheduled for after the season, but the playoffs kept pushing it back.
In Alderson's place, Ricco, Paul DePodesta, and J.P Ricciardi will be at the meetings in Florida. Ricco says the trio are staying in touch with Alderson throughout the meetings and that the group regularly works over the phone and remotely. The Mets are said to be looking for help in the bullpen and center field as the offseason begins, though not many moves are typically made at the GM meetings.
At a press conference last week in New York announcing a two-year extension for Terry Collins, Alderson fainted and collapsed. But based on the timeline with this medical procedure, it doesn't seem like that incident and the procedure are related. Whatever the case, we wish Alderson the best and a full and speedy recovery this week.