For all the griping and moaning done about GM Sandy Alderson’s performance and contract extension, I would be remiss if I didn’t examine some of the positives.
Remember, in evaluating Alderson, you must consider what he was primarily brought in for – to cut payroll. That was his job description; secondly he was to bring in young blood.
Let’s call these Alderson’s Greatest Hits:
CLEARING OUT THE DEADWOOD: For several seasons the Mets carried the unproductive and self-centered Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. Their contracts prevented them from being dealt and they didn’t produce, yet the Mets kept them.
In trying to create a positive atmosphere, Alderson cut ties, which opened the door for fresh blood.
Although Jason Bay didn’t have an attitude problem like Perez and Castillo, he was non-productive, but Alderson worked a buy-out with the swing-and-miss outfielder.
NOT BRINGING BACK JOSE REYES: Yes, he might arguably be the most exciting player in franchise history, but considering the Mets’ financial plight, there was no way they were going to meet the Marlins’ $106 million offer.
Toward the end of his Mets’ tenure, Reyes started to break down – he went on the DL twice in his last year here – and evidenced by his last game, he clearly wanted to get out of town.
Perhaps this was clumsily handled, but Reyes was going to chase every dollar and the Mets weren’t in the ballpark with him. This went a long way toward extending David Wright.
TRADING FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ: The Mets didn’t get much in return, but they did get rid of a bulky contract.
TRADING CARLOS BELTRAN: Alderson traded the injury prone outfielder for Zack Wheeler, one of the jewels in the Mets’ young rotation. As there was no way they were going to bring back Beltran, they couldn’t have done better. Especially, since Beltran was going to walk and his contract stipulated no compensatory draft pick.
TRADING R.A. DICKEY: Dealing a Cy Young Award winner is a difficult decision, but like Reyes, it was doubtful they could have re-signed him.
In return, the Mets received pitcher Noah Syndergaard and Rookie of the Year candidate catcher Travis d’Arnaud and catcher John Buck.
SIGNING MARLON BYRD: They pulled this out of thin air. Byrd gave the Mets a good half-season before he was traded with Buck to Pittsburgh for Dilson Herrera and Vic Black.
SAYING NO TO MATT HARVEY: Let’s face it, Harvey is good, but also a diva. He wanted to pitch this season against the advice of Alderson and the medical staff. Several times he whined about pitching, but unlike previous Mets’ management, Alderson held firm and Harvey stayed in one piece for at least another year.