Alderson: Mets work continues

Before heading into a first-round manager interview with Jose Oquendo on Monday night at the GM meetings in Orlando, Sandy Alderson expressed his intention to continue working despite the death of his father early Sunday morning.

"As long as I talk about baseball I'm okay," he said.

Alderson revealed that there still could be one or two more first-round manager interviews, although not necessarily. The second round, which will consist of three or four callbacks, still could take place this week at the meetings.

Alderson plans to spend half-days in Orlando and commute to St. Petersburg, where his father, 87-year-old John Alderson, was struck and killed as a pedestrian while crossing a street.

Alderson's deputies, J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta and John Ricco, also are at the meetings and will help conduct business.

"By the end of the week I'll accomplish everything we wanted to accomplished," the GM said.