Sandy Alderson doesn't view Braves trade as win for Mets

WASHINGTON -- The Atlanta Braves took another step backward in terms of short-term competitiveness when they traded closer Craig Kimbrel as well as Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson nonetheless did not analyze the trade as a big win for his club, despite having a division opponent weaker in 2015.

In fact, Alderson implied that San Diego improving might hurt the Mets, since the Padres might be a rival for the wild card. Both divisions have juggernauts that might finish in first place -- the Washington Nationals in the NL East and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

"It appears that the Braves are looking longer term -- the Padres much shorter term," Alderson said before Monday’s opener at Nationals Park. "In some ways, we’re competing against the Padres just as we’re competing against the Braves. It’s kind of a zero-sum trade for us, I think."