If you’re just waking up, the Mets have a brand new GM… Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated was first to report that the Mets have decided to go with Sandy Alderson as their new GM.
An official announcement could come on Friday, an off day for the World Series.
Heyman also added that the move “gives the Mets instant added credibility”.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post agrees:
Ownership conceded the organization is dealing with a credibility deficit, too many bad contracts and a wobbly infrastructure. Thus the owners told the candidates the Mets are not looking for a quick fix, but rather a long-term strategy that a new general manager can implement, articulate to the public and stay discipline with in order to deliver a consistent winner, which would restore credibility.
And credibility won the day as the Mets yesterday told Sandy Alderson he is going to be the next general manager. The Mets were impressed by the other finalist, Josh Byrnes. But Alderson was the front-runner and unless an underdog such as Byrnes could state an overwhelming reason for his hire then the organization was going to favor the elder statesman, whose gravitas provides the Mets an instant jolt of that credibility they desired.