Some of the key points from Mets GM Omar Minaya’s conference call:
Not making a trade: “I sensed all along, that when I looked at what was available and what the cost was going to be, that we weren’t really going to be players. … You canâ€™t force trades. If the fit is not there, you canâ€™t force it.’’
On upgrading the bullpen: “We talked to some teams. In the end there was no name guy who was a difference maker. We were looking to upgrade from what we have, and there was little in the relief market that I could say was better than what we had.’’
On current team: “I feel that the guys we have can hopefully get the job done.’’
On Manny Ramirez: “I checked in with (Boston GM) Theo (Epstein) a couple of days ago. I thought he was going to stay in Boston, but they really wanted to move him. We couldnâ€™t give him the guys that would help him right away.’’
On protecting the farm system because of future needs: “We can’t continue to give up two, three guys for rental players. You are going to need some of these guys to put the roster together for next year. In many cases they wanted one, two premium guys for a rental player for two months. I didn’t think that was wise.’’
Minaya had talks about Manny Ramirez, Jason Bay and Brian Fuentes as far as premium players go, and also Raul Ibanez and Arthur Rhodes.