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He also doubled down on a longstanding team-building philosophy that places a higher priority on offense than defense.

"This is not a tear-down situation", Alderson said. "This is what I believe is a sort of [hitting] the pause button". "We're going to have a lot of players that are free agents at the end of the year, a lot of payroll that will become available". The trade deadline is 4 p.m. on July 31.

Lucas Duda ($7.25 million in 2017), Neil Walker ($17.2 million), Addison Reed ($7.75 million), Jay Bruce ($13 million), Curtis Granderson ($15 million) and Fernando Salas ($3 million) will all be free agents this offseason, and a number of those players could pique the interest of teams in the playoff hunt.

The GM is ready to listen to offers for the many veterans on expiring deals, but there won't be any moves made in the near future.

"We're looking to make sure that we have the nucleus of a competitive team going into next year", Alderson said. "We'll be open to talking to clubs about various possibilities".

Of course, the Cubs recently sent shock waves through the industry, acquiring ace Jose Quintana from the crosstown White Sox for a package of four prospects headed by the highly regarded Eloy Jimenez.

The other option for Alderson would be dealing players under more firm control in exchange for a haul.

"We're not looking to 'rebuild, ' " Alderson said.

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"I think that's a possibility, only because you never quite know what's going to be presented", Alderson said. He said he hasn't been approached with any such trade at this juncture. Still, the climb will be steep.

But when it comes to run prevention, Alderson repeated his longstanding belief that pitching constitutes a larger share of the burden than defense.

Alderson acknowledged that part of the retooling for next season will include improving the Mets' defense.

Thanks to his collegiate success, Tebow ended up a first-round draft pick and was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 29th overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft.

"I don't think it's institutionalized", Alderson said of a Yankees-Mets trade. "And I think it exists pretty much across the board with modest adjustments from person to person or team to team".

Alderson, though, would only make a deal of that magnitude under flawless circumstances.

"It's certainly something I would consider, yes", he said. He called it an "oversimplification" to assume that promoting Rosario would on its own solidify the Mets' shaky defense.

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