Looking At Some Of Sandy Alderson’s Good Mets’ Moves

When Sandy Alderson was named Mets’ GM, it was to be a financial caretaker of the floundering franchise.

I was critical of the R.A. Dickey trade because I believe their words of wanting to sign him were hollow and the possibility of receiving damaged goods. I still think that, but in fairness, recognize Alderson was not dealing from a position of strength or leverage.

There was a lot of criticism of Alderson the past two weeks, but again, in fairness, one has to look at some of the moves that have panned out for the better:

CARLOS BELTRAN: Sure, Beltran’s power numbers would have looked good in the Mets’ outfield, but in the end they would have spent an additional $18.5 million to still finish fourth. Nobody knows if Zack Wheeler will make it, but there is a chance of the Mets obtaining a quality starter, while there was no chance of retaining Beltran. After the surgery flap, Beltran was out the door. They would not have received draft picks so getting Wheeler was the best they could do.

OLIVER PEREZ and LUIS CASTILLO: Both were disgruntled clubhouse cancers not producing and only taking roster spots. Perez was especially pricey for his nothing performance. When Perez refused to go to the minor leagues to work on his mechanics, the Mets should have cut him and eaten his contract on the spot. It was Alderson who convinced the Wilpons to cut ties with them, something Omar Minaya never attempted. The culture couldn’t have changed had they stayed.

JOSE REYES: Because of his injury history and salary demands, I was not in favor of keeping Reyes. If you think the Mets are on the financial skids now, imagine how bad they’d be if they had Reyes’ $100-million contract as an anchor.

JASON BAY: Let’s face it, the Mets were never going to get anything from Bay. Arguably one of the worst FA signings ever could not be salvaged. Sure, the Mets still have to pay his contract, but they won’t have the distraction of answering questions this spring about Bay taking a roster spot. As with Perez, the Mets could only move forward by getting rid of Bay.

DAVID WRIGHT: The face of the franchise needed to be a part of any rebuilding effort. Perhaps the Mets will regret the end of his contract, but for the immediate health of their franchise they needed Wright as he represents a commitment to the future.

JON NIESE: Niese also represents the future and signing him to a long-term contract will keep the Mets out of arbitration with him. Young hard-throwing lefties with potential are at a premium, especially those who are cost effect. Alderson also has eschewed any thought of trading him.

No GM ever bats 1.000 and I wasn’t expecting it of Alderson, despite his high-profile track record. On the flip side, no GM goes hitless, either, and in fairness Alderson has done some good by the Mets.

2 thoughts on “Looking At Some Of Sandy Alderson’s Good Mets’ Moves

  1. So in other words, Alderson has not done one thing to improve the New York Mets. And he has made the Wilpons richer. wow! Financial concerns. Watch CNBC. Better than wasting your money on the Mets. the Wilpons don’t want to invest in the team why would any fan?

  2. It is interesting that there are few hits gere

    1) Wheeler – reported by many to be a future stud top of the rotation pitcher
    2) David – signed for pr purposes. An interesting comment on how to spend $100M
    3) Niese – A good value signing

    What you didn’t touch on is how the new GM is changing the team. Players seem to be developing in the minors and helping the team. There is a lot less hot air about how good the prospects are while we wait for the drafts to pan out. Most of Omar’s signings have not done well. Especially the Latin America ones. Recent College signings by Omar have worked like Harvey and Ike.

    Unser the new admin Murphy is a productive player. Would he have blossomed under the old regime? Perhaps. But the new one seems to nurture the players. Like the coach sticking by Ike when he was down and coaching up Murphy so he isn’t a liability in the field allowing his bat to come out. Also not rushing Harvey. He stayed in AAA for a while to work on his pitching even while the big club struggled with pitching.

    There is a change in tone that has real consequences.